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cli-tarHow do I use tar and gzip to password protect a file?

Using tar and gzip to password protect a file is a two-step process. First, the file needs to be compressed and then encrypted.

  1. Compress the file with gzip:
gzip -c <filename> > <filename>.gz
  1. Encrypt the compressed file with tar:
tar -czf - <filename>.gz | openssl des3 -salt -k <password> > <filename>.tar.gz
  • gzip -c <filename> > <filename>.gz: This command compresses the file with gzip and creates a .gz file.
  • tar -czf - <filename>.gz: This command combines the compressed file with tar and creates a .tar.gz file.
  • openssl des3 -salt -k <password>: This command encrypts the file with a password.

The resulting file will be <filename>.tar.gz and it will be password protected.

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