Migrate from gnupg/Linux to gnupg/win32
JPClizbe at comcast.net
Mon Feb 13 03:20:22 CET 2006
Kevin L. Collins wrote:
> Due to reasons that I do not wish to go into, I've been forced to move
> from Linux to Windows. I've made the translation with one
> Following a Mozilla guide, I tried to move my gpg keyrings to the CLI of
> gpg for windows. This was done so that I could get Thunderbird signing
> and encrypting my e-mails.
> Apparently my secret key mae in just fine, as I can at least sign
> outgoing e-mails. But my public keyring is hosed. Here's what I get
> when I run 'gpg --list-keys':
> gpg: mpi larger than indicated length (2 bytes)
> gpg: keyring_get_keyblock: read error: invalid packet
> gpg: keydb_get_keyblock failed: invalid keyring
> My public ring has nearly a hundred other keys that I have trusted and
> The kicker is that both the private and public keys work fine on my
> Linux machines.
> So my question is how can I move my keys so that they work fine on Windows?
There was some amount of trouble with zero-length MPI packets when 1.4.2 was
introduced. So long as you have all the *.gpg files from your Linux box, you
should be OK (just keep a pristine backup copy close).
You may wish to try either GnuPG 1.4.1 or 1.4.3-cvs. When I had this problem, I
found the error didn't occur in 1.4.1. It is supposed to be fixed in 1.4.3.
I found that by alternating versions, I was able to clean my keyring so that it
would work with 1.4.2.
Copy/rename the GnuPG directory under \Program Files\Gnu to GnuPG-1.4.2 and try
the 1.4.1 build. Try --list-keys with 1.4.1. If it work OK, you can use both
versions to identify/remove the troublesome keys.
Write me off-list for more details or if you wish to try a 1.4.3-cvs build.
John P. Clizbe Inet: John (a) Mozilla-Enigmail.org
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