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November 24, 2011, 12:31:49 AM
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There are several different types of Bitcoin clients. The most secure are full nodes like Bitcoin-Qt, but full nodes are more resource-heavy, and they must do a lengthy initial syncing process. As a result, lightweight clients with somewhat less security are commonly used.
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November 24, 2011, 12:41:03 AM
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Decrypt it and then encrypt it again?   Huh This is a no-brainer unless I am missing something...

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November 24, 2011, 12:42:52 AM
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$ gpg -o wallet.asc -ca wallet.dat
$ gpg wallet.asc

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November 24, 2011, 12:44:08 AM
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$ gpg -o wallet.asc -ca wallet.dat
$ gpg wallet.asc
If it would be valuable to you, could you explain what this does and what every part does?
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November 24, 2011, 12:46:40 AM
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Could you explain what you really want and what you will use it for?

gpg -ca will convert the input (wallet.dat) into a conventional symmetrically encrypted ascii text block such as this:

Code:
-----BEGIN PGP MESSAGE-----

jA0EAwMCZGu2org4FqJgyVXAHqwktVpZRZhDmGTlVnscUL6bxvPjyjv6cNXzKoCy
DBcr5tH3mBTDnvwSedBdJEI586w8PuahfdbRoritDrMqgT1KAsGMusMcERQh1gpV
V6dpo+ky
=oJ2k
-----END PGP MESSAGE-----

gpg with no flag arguments will decrypt it again. In both cases you'll need to provide a symmetric key, any passphrase will do.

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November 24, 2011, 12:50:44 AM
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Could you explain what you really want and what you will use it for?

Probably not without a non-disclosure agreement.  I am certain that it is a truly earth-shattering idea...hung up temporarily on the challenging technical question of how to encrypt a file.


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November 24, 2011, 12:52:24 AM
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Could you explain what you really want and what you will use it for?

gpg -ca will convert the input (wallet.dat) into a symmetrically encrypted ascii text block such as this:

Code:
-----BEGIN PGP MESSAGE-----

jA0EAwMCZGu2org4FqJgyVXAHqwktVpZRZhDmGTlVnscUL6bxvPjyjv6cNXzKoCy
DBcr5tH3mBTDnvwSedBdJEI586w8PuahfdbRoritDrMqgT1KAsGMusMcERQh1gpV
V6dpo+ky
=oJ2k
-----END PGP MESSAGE-----

gpg with no flag arguments will decrypt it again. In both cases you'll need to provide a symmetric key, any passphrase will do.
You'll see in a moment. Thank you!
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