extracting a public key from the secret key

Steve Butler sbutler@fchn.com
Fri Aug 8 20:25:06 2003

Saw a message from the GnuPG team once that the public key can be extracted
from the secret key.  They may have a tool available (or a list of steps to
accomplish the extract).

-----Original Message-----
From: Kyle Hasselbacher [mailto:kyle-list-gpguser@toehold.com]
Sent: Friday, August 08, 2003 11:07 AM
To: GnuPG Users
Subject: Re: extracting a public key from the secret key

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On Fri, Aug 08, 2003 at 06:30:13PM +0100, Neil Williams wrote:
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>On Friday 08 Aug 2003 6:05 pm, vedaal@hush.com wrote:

>> is there any way in gnupg to extract the public key from the secret one?

>Presumably s/he's tried the obvious route - retrieve the public key from a 

If no one else has the public key, you might as well generate a new pair.

If you've encrypted a file or two with it, you can decrypt them with the
secret you still have and then reencrypt with the new key you generate.

The only thing I can think might give trouble is verifying old signatures.
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