This doesn’t make much sense to me but I just opened cygwin, which I haven’t tried installing gpg in.. and I found the gpg command worked(though I had to do ctrl-c when running it from cygwin but it worked). I did
which gpg and it showed
/cygdrive/c/Program Files (x86)/GnuPG/bin/gpg
I then opened a regular cmd prompt
C:Program Files (x86)GnuPGbin>dir gpg* Volume in drive C has no label. Volume Serial Number is 4645-5DCE Directory of C:Program Files (x86)GnuPGbin 03/09/2020 15:39 399,008 gpg-agent.exe 03/09/2020 15:39 171,680 gpg-connect-agent.exe 03/09/2020 15:39 84,128 gpg-preset-passphrase.exe 03/09/2020 15:39 216,736 gpg-wks-client.exe 03/09/2020 15:39 1,088,160 gpg.exe 03/09/2020 15:39 150,176 gpgconf.exe 03/09/2020 15:39 24,224 gpgme-w32spawn.exe 03/09/2020 15:39 496,800 gpgsm.exe 03/09/2020 15:39 158,880 gpgtar.exe 03/09/2020 15:39 514,208 gpgv.exe 10 File(s) 3,304,000 bytes 0 Dir(s) 34,930,319,360 bytes free C:Program Files (x86)GnuPGbin>
gpg.exe has “magically” appeared and the date of the files (which is in the UK form dd/mm/yyyy)
C:UsersUser>date The current date is: 20/11/2020 Enter the new date: (dd-mm-yy) C:UsersUser>
The date of the files has shifted from 4th september 2020(see directory listing in my question), to 3rd september 2020.. All within 5 minutes.
So it works , and works well and properly , from cmd.exe and I see gpg.exe listed now. But it wasn’t there before!
C:UsersUserbbb>gpg -c a.txt_pwd_a File 'a.txt_pwd_a.gpg' exists. Overwrite? (y/N) y C:UsersUserbbb>gpg a.txt_pwd_a.gpg gpg: WARNING: no command supplied. Trying to guess what you mean ... gpg: AES.CFB encrypted data gpg: encrypted with 1 passphrase File 'a.txt_pwd_a' exists. Overwrite? (y/N) y C:UsersUserbbb>