Why isn't this old and very trusted PGP key accepted by GPG?

Baby Peanut baby_p_nut3 at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 13 17:57:06 CEST 2003

--- Neil Williams <linux at codehelp.co.uk> wrote:
> On Monday 13 Oct 2003 8:40 pm, Ingo Klöcker wrote:
> > On Monday 13 October 2003 21:02, Baby Peanut wrote:
> > > $ gpg --import Victor_A_Abell.pgp
> Looks like the exported file is missing some data, perhaps it's
> old?
> > > gpg: this may be caused by a missing self-signature
> >
> >        ----------------------------------------------
> There's a perfectly valid public key for that ID at:
> > > Why isn't this old and very trusted PGP key accepted
> > > by GPG?
> >
> > gpg told you why (see above).
> It's only the Victor_A_Abell.pgp file that has a

I asked Vic about this a while back and he said that the
Victor_A_Abell.pgp file does not have any problems with PGP, only

> Check the fingerprint (shown on the first link above), you should
> find it's the same key.
> If there are missing signatures perhaps, try importing the valid
> one and then the file one, sometimes GnuPG is clever enough to fix
> import problems when it has something to work with.

$ gpg --recv-keys 40BD3D55

worked but I still get

$ gpg --import Victor_A_Abell.pgp 
gpg: WARNING: using insecure memory!
gpg: please see http://www.gnupg.org/faq.html for more information
gpg: key 40BD3D55: no valid user IDs
gpg: this may be caused by a missing self-signature
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg:           w/o user IDs: 1

I am such at PGP & GPG dilettant that I don't really know what to do
next about this.

> Otherwise, contact the person directly and ask them to export the
> key again.
> -- 

I did just a moment ago but I doubt he's going to change his mind
about this being a compatiblity issue between PGP and GPG.
> Neil Williams
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