gpg2 2.1.5 exports non existing private keys

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at
Fri Oct 7 18:23:34 CEST 2016

Hi Meno--

On Fri 2016-10-07 10:07:24 -0400, Meno Abels wrote:

> i have on my system no private keys and 2.0.30_2 does this:
> /usr/local/Cellar/gnupg2/2.0.30_2/bin/gpg2 --export-secret-keys -a xxxxxBEEF
> gpg: WARNING: nothing exported

how do you know that you have no private keys?  do you have anything in
~/.gnupg/private-keys-v1.d/ ?

> if i do this with 2.1.15 i get:
> Comment: GPGTools -
> lDsEV02MJBYJKwYBBAHaRw8BAQdAHBS1e25+m5QZw7zU0giU6pNotiW7wj2boJzg
> 5bAKXV//…..
> ….
> is this the right behaviour?

versions of GnuPG before 2.1 kept their OpenPGP secret key material in
~/.gnupg/secring.gpg.  since 2.1, secret key material is stored in the
gpg-agent itself, which by default will manage them in


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