On remote drive I have an encrypted .dmg and the same files in a gpg encrypted tar file. The DMG opens within seconds, but to access the tar file, I first need to decrypt it, in this 10 minutes, and then expand it, another 10 minutes.

How can the Apple DMG be so fast? or where I read more about how it works?

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    Without looking into the details I would assume that decrypting a DMG happens on the fly when you access the content, but decrypting a GPG tar requires the whole file to be decrypted before its content can be accessed.
    – nohillside
    Apr 1, 2020 at 13:36
  • would correct then the Linux equivalents are encrypting each file individually and not using tar, or having an encrypted partition.
    – OrigamiEye
    Apr 1, 2020 at 13:40


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