[aescrypt] User's command line error deletes file

Paul E. Jones paulej at packetizer.com
Thu Sep 8 14:40:46 EDT 2011

Agreed.  I put that at the top of the wish list page:



We've had a few issues related to this, but this is perhaps the best example
of the problem I've seen yet.  It is actually fairly trivial to fix (we just
need to change the order in which we open files), but we need somebody to
find the time to make the changes to the source code.


If I get a chance to work on it anytime soon, I'll make it a priority to
address this one.




From: Edmund Eyles [mailto:edmund_eyles at hotmail.com] 
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2011 2:02 PM
To: support at packetizer.com
Subject: User's command line error deletes file



I have installed AESCrypt on Linux (Ubuntu).  I used it to attempt to
decrypt a file, where I wanted the output to go to STDOUT (i.e. the terminal
window).  Unfortunately I omitted to specify the '-' for the output
filename, so the command I entered was:
aescrypt -do info.txt.aes

AESCrypt correctly gave me the error message that I had not specified the
output filename, but it also deleted the encrypted file in the process!  

I have checked that this behaviour is repeatable using a test file.  

I believe this should be treated as a bug: it is a harsh punishment for
minor carelessness to have your data disappear (even if that is entirely in
the UNIX tradition!).  

I'd like to say thank you for making AESCrypt available - notwithstanding
this bug, it is extremely useful and usable, and available for multiple
platforms to boot!  

Ed Eyles

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