gpg: no secret key available for decryption

Caleb Land
Wed, 25 Oct 2000 19:56:53 -0400

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On Wed, Oct 25, 2000 at 10:36:29AM +0200, Werner Koch wrote:

> > gpg: encrypted with 3072-bit ELG-E key, ID AA4D2A27, created 2000-10-16
> > "Brian R. Boyce <>"
> And that is another recipient's key. Probably the one of the owner,
> so that he can archive the message.
I should have noticed that. Now that I think about it, he *does* encrypt the stuff to himself (and that makes sense).
> > gpg: no secret key for decryption available
> That is indeed a bit confusing. It should say that there is no
> secret key for Brian Boyce.
> I'll see whether I can change this behaviour and only list other
> keys without checking whether we have a secret key.
Maybe the message could read "gpg: no secret key for decryption available for "Brian R. Boyce <>", though I don't think I would have ``gotten'' it even if it had read that :). I would be more than happy to add an entry into the FAQ about it (though, I don't know how frequently it is asked as I only found one other email that asked the same question). --=20 Sincerely, Caleb Land ( --T4sUOijqQbZv57TR Content-Type: application/pgp-signature Content-Disposition: inline -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.0.4 (GNU/Linux) Comment: For info see iEYEARECAAYFAjn3c0UACgkQJFp+8ilAIxSsGgCfZlWam+3/Bh8usW19xnbcjmJV liEAn2oBjsGI5B69iOVDBiCGNVNtOyfL =GPs5 -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- --T4sUOijqQbZv57TR-- -- Archive is at - Unsubscribe by sending mail with a subject of "unsubscribe" to