GPG encrypting and decrypting files

Steve Butler sbutler at
Wed Mar 3 08:06:34 CET 2004

Did you copy the keyring or use the appropriate export/import commands?

On the recipient machine, do the following:

  gpg --list-secret-keys

See if your secret key is listed there.  Do the same on the sending machine.
I'm convinced that the two lists will be different.

You may need to:

1.  Use  --export-secret-keys on the one box to
2.  Use  --import on the other box of the secret keys exported in #1
3.  (If older GnuPG) use --allow-secret-key-import when doing #2.

-----Original Message-----
From: Craig Gardner [mailto:cgardner at]
Sent: Monday, March 01, 2004 11:44 AM

On Sat, 2004-02-28 at 06:32, Neil Williams wrote:
> Linux / windows machines?

Both machines are running Linux.  The machine encrypting the files is
running Red Hat 8 and the decrypting machine is on SuSE 9.

I seem to have gotten beyond this problem, and have come across a new
one.  When I go to decrypt the file, I get a message saying : 

gpg: encrypted with ELG-E key, ID 9012F1E4
gpg: decryption failed: secret key not available

When I "gpg --list-keys", the keys are identical on both the encrypting
and decrypting machines.  Is there something that I'm missing somewhere?

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE:  This e-mail message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information.  Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited.  If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.

More information about the Gnupg-users mailing list