Can't find my own key?

Lazarus Long
Thu, 24 Feb 2000 20:58:45 +0000

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2 signatures not checked due to missing keys

That was the output I received, which certainly makes me wonder.
Here is how you can obtain it for yourself, if you choose to be equally
confused. :)

[Step zero: perhaps back up ~/.gnupg/* before testing this.]

First, find a keyid that you know is on your ring but which has not
been touched in any way by you (such as one recently imported via mutt
to check a message signature.)

$ gpg --edit-key {that keyid}

Then, lsign it (which you can undo later if you choose, or simply pick a
key that you do want to lsign.)

Then, type check.

The key in question had a preexisting signature (which perhaps was
actually from an unavailable key) and the second signature was the one
I just applied.  Yes, my very own default signing key, which had just
been found (and used), apparently could no longer be found.

Bug?  "Operator error"?  Reproducible on other systems?

Please (OpenPGP) encrypt all mail whenever possible. Request the following
Public Keys for Lazarus Long <>

  Type    Bits/KeyID    Fingerprint                   DSA KeyID: vvvv vvvv
ElGamal: 2048g/41783186 47A0 0929 CD9F B53E 49C0  F06C 560E F574 ED0D F80C

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Version: GnuPG v1.0.1 (GNU/Linux)
Comment: Now ready for primetime!