how to transfer a secret key to another comp?

David Shaw dshaw at
Wed May 19 17:01:06 CEST 2004

On Wed, May 19, 2004 at 09:29:50AM +0200, 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?

You used --export-secret-subkey when exporting your secret key.  You
should have used --export-secret-key


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