can't use the same keyring from linux on windows

J. David Boyd david at
Wed Jul 20 15:07:50 CEST 2005

"coco coco" <coconut_to_go at> writes:

> Hi,
> I've been using thunderbird on Linux since 0.2 on my laptop, but
> recently, due to
> laptop problem, I want to move my mail to use portable thunderbird on a
> mobile hd.
> I've already moved my profile from Linux to the portable tb, and it's
> working fine,
> except, I can't get enigmail to work correctly. I've copied my pubring
> and secring
> into the gpg folder, and the key manager can show all keys correctly,
> including
> my key pairs and other people's public keys. Enigmail can figure out
> my key ID from
> my email address. But I'm still having problem getting enigmail to
> work correctly.
> When I'm trying to send a signed message, I'm getting the following
> error from
> the enigmail console:
> enigmail> G:\PortableThunderbird\gpg\gpg.exe --charset utf8 --batch
> --no-tty --
> status-fd 2 --comment 'Using GnuPG with Thunderbird - 
> ' -s -b -t -a -u 0xA41D9118undefined
> gpg: skipped "0xA41D9118undefined": malformed user id
> gpg: signing failed: malformed user id
> enigmail.js: Enigmail.encryptMessageEnd: Error in command execution
> I don't understand why I'm getting this. Is it because my key rings are from
> Linux, and I'm using it on Windows? Curiously, I can't get gpg to work
> correctly
> on the command line either. I try to encrypt a file to myself, and
> then when I
> try to decrypt, it's complaining that the secret key is not available.
> Could anyone give a hint on what does that mean?
> The GPG packaged with portable thunderbird is version 1.4.1.
> Thanks a lot.

How did you get your keys to the linux box?  ftp?

Did you make certain that you were using binary mode?

I transfer key files from my windows box to my linux box all the time, with
never a problem.


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