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Missing PGPtrustedcerts.asc file in Encryption Desktop client installer (String too long) - Trusted Keys Duplicated


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When you download a customized Encryption Desktop client from Encryption Management Server, an error may be logged to the Administration log and the PGPtrustedcerts.asc file is not included in the *.msi installation file.

Download the Encryption Desktop client by doing the following:

  1. Open the Consumers / Groups page from the administration console.
  2. Click on the Download Client button at the bottom of the page.
  3. From the Download page, select the Platform (Windows 32-bit or Windows 64-bit) and Language.
  4. Enable the Customize option.
  5. If necessary, modify the Symantec Encryption Server name. This name should be the FQDN that the Encryption Desktop clients connect to. For example,
  6. Click on the Download button.

After the download completes, an error may appear in the Administration log. If the error appears, the PGPtrustedcerts.asc file will not be included in the installation file.

An error similar to the following may appear in the Administration log on the Reporting / Logs page of the administration console. In this example, 54,321 represents any number greater than 30,000:
String too long (string is 54321 limit is 30000)



  • Encryption Management Server 3.3.2 MP13 and above.
  • Encryption Desktop 10.3.2 MP13 and above.


Encryption Management Server administrators can import Root and Intermediate certificates from the Keys / Trusted Keys page of the administration console. All such imported certificates are included in the PGPtrustedcerts.asc file within the customized Encryption Desktop installer.

During the installation of Encryption Desktop, the PGPtrustedcerts.asc file is saved to the folder %ProgramData%\PGP Corporation\PGP.

If the combined Root and Intermediate certificates comprise over 30,000 characters, the String too long error is generated and the PGPtrustedcerts.asc file is not included in the MSI file.

This issue can occur after an upgrade of the PGP Server.  Check the Trusted Keys list to see if there are any duplicates, this can add to the list.  



In order to avoid the String too long error, please contact Symantec Technical Support.

Symantec Corporation is committed to product quality and satisfied customers. This issue is currently being considered by Symantec Corporation to be addressed in a forthcoming version or Maintenance Pack of the product. Please be sure to refer back to this document periodically as any changes to the status of the issue will be reflected here.

Additional Information

EPG-28079 - Duplicate Trusted Keys or problematic Trusted Keys may be seen upgrading *to* PGP 10.5.0 MP3 through PGP Server 10.5.1 MP1.
Upgrading from PGP 10.5.1 MP1 to any newer version will not see this issue. 
Reach out to Symantec Encryption Support if you see this issue and mention this ticket ID to resolve the problematic Trusted Keys.


Etrack: 2473680

For other information relate to certificate pop-ups, see the following articles for assistance and contact Symantec Enterprise support if needed:


156600 - Manually add PGPtrustedcerts.asc to the Symantec Encryption Desktop installer (MSI) using Orca

157432 - Encryption Desktop prompts user that the server certificate is not valid

153347 - Authentication certificate not valid pop-up displayed when connecting to Encryption Management Server