problem with exporting subkeys

David Shaw dshaw at
Thu Feb 28 05:36:01 CET 2002

On Wed, Feb 27, 2002 at 06:17:59PM +0100, Janusz A. Urbanowicz wrote:

> First question: why ALL my secret keys in the packet? I supposed only
> subkeys would go there.

The structure of the secret primary key needs to still be there for
various things to work.  However, the secret parts of the key are
gone.  Compare the size of a --export-secret-key vs a

> Second question: why GPG chokes on it?

Judging from the listing you posted, it seems you did
--export-secret-subkeys on a v3 key (mixed in with your v4 keys).  V3
keys do not work with --export-secret-subkeys, and in fact cause the
resulting file to be unusable.

I just committed a fix which makes --export-secret-subkeys ignore v3


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