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I haven't used gpg-zip before. I am trying to compress and encrypt a directory with more than 200 files. I did a test run with a smaller directory containing just a dozen PDFs in it, a folder I'll call "PDFfolder."

man gpg-zip offers the following template as a guide for a user named Bob who wants to do this with a directory labeled "mydocs":

 gpg-zip --encrypt --output test1 --gpg-args -r Bob mydocs

I did this precisely, using my email address, which is also attached to my PGP public key, and of course tied to my user ID in my own public key ring:

 gpg-zip --encrypt --output test1 --gpg-args -r myemail@emymail.com PDFfolder

I keep getting the following error:

gpg: missing argument for option "-r"
/bin/tar: myemail@emymail.com: Cannot stat: No such file or directory

What am I doing wrong?

I should add that the "-r" argument works just fine for me using gpg normally, to encrypt.

  • Is "myemail@emymail.com" your ID? -r needs the ID, according to the man page – schroeder Jan 4 at 14:39
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The man page is kind of misleading. There should only be a single parameter following the --gpg-args, i.e. you need to quote it properly:

  gpg-zip --encrypt --output test1 --gpg-args '-r myemail@emymail.com' PDFfolder

Apart from that you can just use the -r or --recipient option of gpg-zip directly (this is documented), there is no need to use it with --gpg-args.

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