importing a secret key

Munir Nassar nassarmu at
Fri Nov 7 15:20:22 CET 2003

So after an unfortunate incident where a space was where it was not 
supposed to be in a rm -rf statement, i lost my ~ which had my secret 

Unfortunately i also discovered that last night was the latest full 
backup, and the tape decided that it does not feel like giving me my data 
back. from the previous incrementals that i was able to find was able to 
recover my  pubring.gpg and trustdb.pgp

So this leaves me with a floppy disk that i had stores my revocation cert 
and my secret key on. Both in ASCII armored format.

$ cat redconcepts.priv.key 
Version: GnuPG v1.2.1 (GNU/Linux)

<SNIP stuff>

$ gpg redconcepts.priv.key 
gpg: WARNING: using insecure memory!
gpg: please see for more information
sec  1024D/C93A57EA 2003-09-02 Munir Nassar (Ein) 
<nassarmu at>
ssb  1024g/578D6A75 2003-09-02 

so i tried to import this key using gpg --import redconcepts.priv.key

but this did not seem to work:
$ gpg --sign
gpg: secret key parts are not available
gpg: no default secret key: general error
gpg: signing failed: general error

$ gpg --list-sec
sec# 1024D/C93A57EA 2003-09-02 Munir Nassar (Ein) 
<nassarmu at>
ssb  1024g/578D6A75 2003-09-02

notice the # after sec?

so i added "default-key C93A57EA" to the options file but that did 

any ideas? or should i just send the revcert in?

Munir Nassar

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