How to delete a secret key in batch mode?

David Shaw dshaw at
Thu Sep 15 03:00:30 CEST 2005

On Thu, Sep 15, 2005 at 11:38:22AM +1200, Bernard wrote:
> Hi,
> I have added a secret key in batch mode.
> Now I want to delete it in batch mode.
> gpg prints an error:
> gpg: can't do that in batchmode
> gpg: (unless you specify the key by fingerprint)
> The command I use is:
> C:\gnupg\gpg.exe --homedir "\tmp" --yes --batch --delete-secret-key
> 1CBB4C01
> It looks like I am doing what the error message requests: Specifying
> the key by fingerprint.
> Am I overlooking anything?

1CBB4C01 is not a fingerprint.  Do this:

  gpg --fingerprint 1CBB4C01

The resulting value is a fingerprint.


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