secret key cannot be imported: "no user ID"

Werner Koch
Thu Aug 30 09:21:01 2001

On Wed, 29 Aug 2001 19:36:56 -0400 (EDT), Anthony E Greene said:

> The keyfiles are the same on all platforms, just like a JPEG file or
> whatever. There's a defined standard and it's not platform-specific.
That is not true. Afaik, all implementaions use the OpenPGP defined format for the keyrings but there is no reason for them to do so. OpenPGP is a transport protocol and not a file format. Actually, GnuPG 1.1 will change the format of the keyrings. You SHOULD use the commands --export and --import to process keyrings in the OpenPGP format. Even today, you should never exchange the keyrings because they contain local and confidential information (local key signatures, trust packets, maybe more). This has always been the case since PGP 2. Ciao, Werner -- Werner Koch Omnis enim res, quae dando non deficit, dum habetur g10 Code GmbH et non datur, nondum habetur, quomodo habenda est. Privacy Solutions -- Augustinus