Error: MPI larger than indicated length

David Shaw dshaw at
Sun Apr 9 21:41:21 CEST 2006

On Sun, Apr 09, 2006 at 09:19:17PM +0200, Ben Branders wrote:
> Hi,
> Today I wanted to do an update of the public keys in my list via Enigmail
> (Refresh all public keys). I got this message:
> > gpg: MPI larger than indicated length (2 bytes)
> > gpg: keyring_get_keyblock: read error: invalid packet
> > gpg: keydb_get_keygblock failed: invalid keyring
> I thought this was because I upgraded my Slackware Linux to another GCC
> version so I recompiled GnuPG. Same problem.
> Enigmail Keymanagement doesn't show any keys, not even the private ones.
> Please inform me what I should do to fix this.

I don't think anyone here can help you without knowing what version of
GnuPG you're talking about.


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