[aescrypt] Support Inquiry

Doug Reed r.douglas.reed at gmail.com
Wed Apr 14 22:56:34 EDT 2010


I wrote the GUI...  It is really a simple Applescript front end for the
command.  You mention the Darwin Ports version.  This MAY be related to your
problem.  I have no idea what that aescrypt is, and I found and installed it
too the first time I played with this code.  I wanted a Mac version, and a
quick search turned this up.  I installed it, and ...  if I remember
correctly, it dumped core when I ran it, but it was a long time ago, so I
don't remember, but it is NOT a useful command.  It is some ancient version
of something written by who knows who that no longer works and is not
maintained.  It is NOT related to this program in any way.  When I installed
it, it got in the way of this one since they name is the same.

As for installation, there are no complicated instructions because the
installation was just as simple as the directions.  I simply dropped the
"AESCrypt.app" directory into the "/Applications" folder.  Obviously you
need to be an "admin" user to be able to make changes to the "Applications"
folder, which is a system directory.  When you try to copy the directory to
the "Applications" folder you should get a prompt for your password
signaling that you are making a system change.

The other problem could be that you are using it improperly.  This is not
some application that you 'click on' and it opens some GUI or file browser
or something.  It simply encrypts files.  So you can drag and drop a file on
the lock icon and you will get a password prompt.  Since the tool serves no
other function, there is no need for a complicated GUI.  I simply dropped
the lock (i.e. application Icon) on my dock bar, and when I want to encrypt
a file, I drag the file to the dock and drop it on the lock.  In other
words, it works like the trash can.  Once the file is encrypted, the file's
Icon changes to the lock...  If you double click on a locked file, you will
get a prompt for the password, and the file will be decrypted returning its
Icon to whatever it was before it was encrypted.   ...  ummm  ..assuming you
get the password correct :-)

On Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 2:59 PM, Paul E. Jones <paulej at packetizer.com>wrote:

> There are no instructions, really.  The core is written in C and the GUI
> part is a trivial AppleScript script.  We've heard of some folks having
> issues, but there are no consistently reported problems.
> Are you getting any kind of error message?
> Paul
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: mortuusvolo at gmail.com [mailto:mortuusvolo at gmail.com]
> > Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 3:20 PM
> > To: support at packetizer.com
> > Subject: Support Inquiry
> >
> > Hi,
> > Trying to run this on my Mac (10.5.8) with the gui script. Can't get
> > it to work. Are there any detailed instructions and considerations
> > available so I can see what I'm missing?
> >
> > Thanks
> >


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