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This has annoyed me for years but I've never found a solution. Instead of pressing Esc then :x to save an exit from vi, I accidentally type a capital X and press Enter. The only way to continue is to allow encryption. Surely there's a cancel command at this point?

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You just have to enter an empty password twice. There will be no encryption.

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Easy when you know! Thanks. – user5817 Mar 21 '11 at 9:05

Simpler: cancel the operation by pressing escape

By canceling, you are ensured that the program will not do something unexpected with the prompted (empty) passwords.

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