Recent problem

Harry A. Sutton
Sat Oct 5 15:24:01 2002

Hi folks,

I've scanned through the FAQs and the archives of this group, but didn't
see anything obvious to address this question. I do apologize if I've
overlooked a source of information, but I've come to depend on GnuPG to
sign my mail messages, and it's frustrating me that I can't right now.

I was recently away on vacation, and when I returned I found a couple of
updates (from RedHat) waiting to be applied. (The most recent of these
have been glibc, nss_ldap, unzip and tar.) Although I can't confirm this
with empirical evidence (without backing out those updates, which I'm
reluctant to do), I believe my GnuPG stuff stopped working around the
time of these updates.

One symptom, which I can't find any data on, is the following: when I
attempt to locally sign a key (e.g., Werner Koch's), I get the an error
message I haven't seen before. Here's the way it goes:

$gpg --lsign Werner

pub  1024D/57548DCD  created: 1998-07-07 expires: 2002-12-29 trust: -/-
(1). Werner Koch (gnupg sig) <>

pub  1024D/57548DCD  created: 1998-07-07 expires: 2002-12-29 trust: -/-
 Primary key fingerprint: 6BD9 050F D8FC 941B 4341  2DCC 68B7 AB89 5754

     Werner Koch (gnupg sig) <>

This key is due to expire on 2002-12-29.
Do you want your signature to expire at the same time? (Y/n) 
How carefully have you verified the key you are about to sign actually
to the person named above?  If you don't know what to answer, enter "0".

   (0) I will not answer. (default)
   (1) I have not checked at all.
   (2) I have done casual checking.
   (3) I have done very careful checking.

Your selection? 
Are you really sure that you want to sign this key
with your key: "Harry A. Sutton <>"

The signature will be marked as non-exportable.

Really sign? y
gpg: secret key parts are not available
gpg: signing failed: general error

It's that "secret key parts are not available" thing that's throwing me.
Can anyone point me to a solution?