[Gpg4win-users-en] Why are my encrypted files AUTOMATICALLY decrypting?

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at intevation.de
Tue Jul 28 09:55:44 CEST 2015

On Tuesday 28 July 2015 at 00:35:18, Dessi Sumilo wrote:
> I am at a total loss...

This usually is the point where you should put it away
for a few days and then start fresh over.

says "If GUI frontend applications fail, try to do the operations on the 
command line. This way you can often exclude that the problem is within the 
frontend. And you sometimes get additional helpful messages."

If you know the command line, this is an advantage for diagnosis,
because it is more verbose.

== Step 1
Create a new OpenPGP certificate on the comand line.
  gpg2 --gen-key
List it
  gpg2 --list-secret-keys
Try to sign something (-v makes it more verbose)
  gpg2 -v --sign 
If you have several certs you may want to use "--default-key".
(Replace YOURNEWCERT with an id of your new cert of course.)
  gpg2 -v --default-key YOURNEWCERT --sign

You should get asked for a passphrase.

== Step 2
Now try encrypting to yourself. Create SOMEFILE.txt.

  gpg2 -v -r YOURNEWCERT --default-key  SOMEFILE.txt

If successful, try to decrypt:
  gpg2 -v SOMEFILE.gpg

You should get asked for a passphrase.

== Report here
If something fails, report here with the output (best in a text file).
As this is just a toy cert you can report about it. When in doubt cut away the 
information about other certs if here are any.

Best Regards,


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