Decryption Failed

Samuel ]slund samuel at Update.UU.SE
Tue Jun 22 15:55:22 CEST 2004

On Tue, Jun 22, 2004 at 10:22:57AM +0100, Manickam, Ram wrote:
> Hi
> I'm working on GPG on Windows. I have installed and created keys
> successfully. Whenever my recepient tries to decrypt the message he gets the
> following error message : 
> 	"gpg:decryption failed: secret key not available"
> The recipient has got the public keys.
> Can anyone help me where i'm doing wrong ? Couldn't find this error messages
> in FAQ. So i think i've got something wrong . 

You _seem_ to be saying that _you_ have created a key that you encrypt to
and the recipient have got the public key for your key and can not
decrypt the message. This is backwards.

The recipient should have created their own key and you should encrypt
to the recipients public key.
When the recipient want to send things to you, your public key is used
for encryption and you use your own private key to decrypt.


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