BUG REPORT: Incorrect error message when attempting to decrypt SDA files from PGP Commandline


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PGP Command Line


A misleading error is displayed when attempting to decrypt an SDA from PGP Commandline. The correct syntax is pgp --decrypt --sda sdafilename.exe --symmetric-passphrase "passwordhere."

If either switch is left out the decrypt process will fail with the error: decrypt sdafilename.exe (1087:SDA is not encrypted to any ADKs)

Double clicking the executable from the UI or running the filename as a command works fine. This applies to versions of PGP Commandline from 10.x and above in Windows and Unix based systems.

decrypt (1087:SDA is not encrypted to any ADKs)


Misleading error message.


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You can use the following steps to decrypt SDA archives.

For Windows: Double click the .exe file to execute and decrypt the contents.

For Linux/Unix: Set the permissions of the .exe to allow it to be executed.

  1. Run the following commands from Terminal or SSH
  2. chmod 755 sdafilename.exe (Permissions set to RWX for User, RX for Group and RX for Global)
  3. ./sdafilename.exe
  4. Enter the passphrase when prompted

Ensure that the syntax is correct and includes both --sda and --symmetric-passphrase switches.

pgp --decrypt --sda sdafilename.exe --symmetric-passphrase "passwordhere"

Applies To

Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Linux have been tested