how to transfer a secret key to another comp?

Ken T Takusagawa kenta at MIT.EDU
Wed May 19 09:40:12 CEST 2004

Does gpg --list-secret-keys show the key(s) you imported?
Does gpg --list-keys show the public key(s) of the secret

Perhaps you needed the flag --allow-secret-key-import when
you imported?  (Although for recent gpg's, "This is an
obsolete option and is not used anywhere."  according to


On Wed, 19 May 2004, Bruno Boettcher wrote:

> Hello
> i have the trouble of having to transfer and keep updated my laptop...
> on the main station i made an --export and --export-secret-key and on
> the laptop i made --import of both
> --list-keys is fine...
> but if i try to sign anything i get:
> gpg -u bboett at --sign test.mail
> gpg: secret key parts are not available
> gpg: skipped `bboett at': general error
> gpg: signing failed: general error
> naturally i could copy over the whole .gnupg directory.... but there
> should be a mechanism to achieve this without resorting to such
> extremities?
> --
> ciao bboett
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