symcryptrun(1)



SYMCRYPTRUN(1)               GNU Privacy Guard 2.2              SYMCRYPTRUN(1)

NAME
       symcryptrun - Call a simple symmetric encryption tool

SYNOPSIS
       symcryptrun   --class   class   --program   program  --keyfile  keyfile
       [--decrypt|--encrypt] [inputfile]

DESCRIPTION
       Sometimes simple encryption tools are already in use for  a  long  time
       and there might be a desire to integrate them into the GnuPG framework.
       The protocols and encryption methods might be non-standard or not  even
       properly  documented,  so  that  a full-fledged encryption tool with an
       interface like gpg is not doable.  symcryptrun provides a solution:  It
       operates  by calling the external encryption/decryption module and pro-
       vides a passphrase for a key using the standard pinentry  based  mecha-
       nism through gpg-agent.

       Note,  that  symcryptrun is only available if GnuPG has been configured
       with '--enable-symcryptrun' at build time.

       For encryption, the plain text must be provided  on  STDIN  or  as  the
       argument  inputfile,  and the ciphertext will be output to STDOUT.  For
       decryption vice versa.

       CLASS describes the calling conventions of  the  external  tool.   Cur-
       rently  it  must be given as 'confucius'.  PROGRAM is the full filename
       of that external tool.

       For the class 'confucius' the option --keyfile is required; keyfile  is
       the name of a file containing the secret key, which may be protected by
       a passphrase.  For detailed calling conventions, see the source code.

       Note, that gpg-agent must be running before starting symcryptrun.

       The following additional options may be used:

       -v
       --verbose
              Output additional information while running.

       -q

       --quiet
              Try to be as quiet as possible.

       --homedir dir
              Set the name of the home directory to dir. If this option is not
              used,  the  home  directory  defaults to '~/.gnupg'.  It is only
              recognized when given on the command line.   It  also  overrides
              any  home  directory  stated  through  the  environment variable
              'GNUPGHOME' or (on Windows systems) by  means  of  the  Registry
              entry HKCU\Software\GNU\GnuPG:HomeDir.

              On Windows systems it is possible to install GnuPG as a portable
              application.  In this case only this command line option is con-
              sidered, all other ways to set a home directory are ignored.

              To install GnuPG as a portable application under Windows, create
              an empty file named 'gpgconf.ctl' in the same directory  as  the
              tool  'gpgconf.exe'.   The root of the installation is then that
              directory; or, if  'gpgconf.exe'  has  been  installed  directly
              below  a  directory named 'bin', its parent directory.  You also
              need to make sure that the following directories exist  and  are
              writable:     'ROOT/home'     for    the    GnuPG    home    and
              'ROOT/var/cache/gnupg' for internal cache files.

       --log-file file
              Append all logging output to file.  Use 'socket://'  to  log  to
              socket.  Default is to write logging information to STDERR.

       The possible exit status codes of symcryptrun are:

       0
                      Success.

       1
                      Some error occurred.

       2
                      No valid passphrase was provided.

       3
                      The operation was canceled by the user.

SEE ALSO
       gpg(1), gpgsm(1), gpg-agent(1),

       The full documentation for this tool is maintained as a Texinfo manual.
       If GnuPG and the info program are properly installed at your site,  the
       command

         info gnupg

       should  give  you access to the complete manual including a menu struc-
       ture and an index.

GnuPG 2.2.8                       2018-06-06                    SYMCRYPTRUN(1)

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