Shredding files

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at
Mon Nov 27 00:48:06 UTC 2006

On 27/11/06, Neil Winchurst <neil at> wrote:
> When I was working with my previous distro (Mandriva) I sometimes used
> GPG for encryption. I am sure that it included a shredder, that is a way
> of deleting files by actually overwriting the data many times to make
> sure that it could not be retrieved. This was much, much safer than
> simply using the delete key which left the contents intact.
> I have set up GPG on kubuntu edgy now but I cannot see any sign of
> anything equivalent to the shredder. Does anyone know of anything like
> it in Kubuntu please?
> Neil Winchurst

What file system are you on? If it's ext2/3 then _good_luck_ trying to
recover files. Really, it's supposed to be technically near impossible
to recover files on ext systems (with the exception of jpeg files-
because of the way the file starts AND ENDS).

Dotan Cohen

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