Decryption doesn't work anymore

Charly Avital shavital at
Thu Oct 13 18:59:36 CEST 2005

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I have sent you directly an encrypted message, using the key you refer
to, in your message to the list.

I don't know what changes you may have done. But when I downloaded, a
few minutes ago, your key from the keyservers, it was identical to the
one that was already in my keyring. Therefore I suppose that you have
not uploaded your modified (if modified) keyblock to the keyservers.
Which means that you can always download that keyblock again.

The change I can see, from what you indicate in your message is that you
have deleted, in your keyring, the uid:
Niels Ringelmann (private email) <canuzzi at> , where 'email' is
spelled with a lower case \e\, and set the uid:
Niels Ringelmann (Private Email) <canuzzi at> , where 'Email' is
spelled with an upper case \E\.

I can't see how this change may have affected your ability to use the
secret key. Have you checked whether the secret key is in your secret
keyring? If it is not, can you replace it from your keyrings backup?


Niels Ringelmann wrote the following on 10/13/05 9:39 AM:
> Hi mailinglist members!
> Until today, I was working fine with GnuPG, but today after
> experimentaiotn with sub ids (and removing them again). I am no longer
> able to decrypt with my secret key, as you can see in the following
> example (unfortunatley, its the german version of gnupg, so I added some
> English comments in square brackets after the german version):
> --------------------------------------
> canuzzi at gaia:~> gpg --edit-key canuzzi at
> gpg (GnuPG) 1.4.2; Copyright (C) 2005 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
> This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
> This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
> under certain conditions. See the file COPYING for details.
> Geheimer Schlüssel ist vorhanden. [secret key exists]
> pub  1024D/98E19C0A  created: 2003-11-20  expires: niemals     usage: CS
>                      trust: uneingeschränkt Gültigkeit: uneingeschränkt
> sub  1024g/A73E22F0  created: 2003-11-20  expires: niemals     usage: E
> [ultimate] (1). Niels Ringelmann (Private Email) <canuzzi at>
> [ultimate] (2)  Niels Ringelmann (Institut fuer Photogrammetrie und
> Fernerkundung, TU Wien) <Niels.Ringelmann at>
> [ultimate] (3)  [jpeg image of size 5630]
> Befehl> quit
> canuzzi at gaia:~> echo foo | gpg -e -r canuzzi at | gpg -d -r
> canuzzi at
> gpg: encrypted with 1024-bit ELG-E key, ID A73E22F0, created 2003-11-20
>       "Niels Ringelmann (Private Email) <canuzzi at>"
> gpg: Entschlüsselung fehlgeschlagen: Geheimer Schlüssel ist nicht vorhanden
> [decryption failed: secret key does not exists]
> --------------------------------------
> I hope, I don't have to abandon that key :(
> thanks
> Niels

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