Messed up my GnuPG settings....help needed.
Fri Apr 25 00:25:02 2003
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On Thu, Apr 24, 2003 at 10:17:34PM +0100, John Watson wrote:
> I mistakenly erased both my public and private keys (yes even after being
> warned 2 or 3 times). Anyway I did generate a revoke key.
> I have since re-generated a new set of keys although I haven't exported any
> nor have I sent an emails using them (except to myself for testing). I
> thought that I may be able to use the same passphrase to regenerate the
> same set of keys as before (!). However I believe this would be futile due
> to a random seed coming into play (right??).
> My questions are:
> 1. Can I rescue my original keys at all?
Alas, no. The passphrase is just used to encrypt a random key. You
can't recreate a key by using the same passphrase.
> 2. If not, how do I go about exporting my revoke key to cancel my
> previous public key?
If you generated a revocation for your previous key, then that's
great. Just do "gpg --import the_revocation" and the key will be
If you have your old key on a keyserver, then you might want to also
do "gpg --send-key (thekeyid)" to propagate the revocation to the
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