Secret key not found - is this normal?

Kurt Fitzner kfitzner at
Sun Jan 15 13:34:57 CET 2006

I have found that on the gpg command line, I can't specify a key to sign
with by using a user id unless that user id is the primary.

For example, my primary user id is kfitzner at, and one of my
secondary ones is kfitzner at  This works:
 $ gpg -u kfitzner at --detach-sign <file>
while this doesn't:
 $ gpg -u kfitzner at --detach-sign <file>
 gpg: skipped "kfitzner at": secret key not available
 gpg: signing failed: secret key not available

I can list the key this way, though:
 $ gpg --list-key kfitzner at

I never noticed this behavior before.  Is this normal/intended, or have
my too-frequent edits of my key done something bad?


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