unable to use the public key

Seller, Scott sseller at usatoday.com
Thu Jul 3 20:36:07 CEST 2008

Hello. I am using gpg v 1.4.7 on Windows.

I have successfully traded keys with a vendor I am working with. Gpg insists on using the subkey and will not use the primary  key.. here is what I am seeing:

gpg -seav -r 3DDD3ABE -u 6BEC8C4E --passphrase "passphrase"  "C:\Documents and Settings\user\Desktop\pgptest\test.txt"

You need a passphrase to unlock the secret key for
user: "USA TODAY <xxxxx at usatoday.com>"
1024-bit DSA key, ID 6BEC8C4E, created 2008-07-02

gpg: using subkey C970A114 instead of primary key 3DDD3ABE
gpg: using classic trust model
gpg: This key belongs to us
File `C:\\Documents and Settings\\xxx\\Desktop\\pgptest\\test.txt.asc' exists. Overwrite? (y/N) y
gpg: writing to `C:\\Documents and Settings\\xxx\\Desktop\\pgptest\\test.txt.asc'
gpg: ELG-E/AES256 encrypted for: "C970A114 BOAD072013 <DTS 24X7 support @ xxxxxx>"
gpg: DSA/SHA1 signature from: "6BEC8C4E USA TODAY <xxxxx at usatoday.com>"

Is there any way around this. The vendor cannot decrypt the file unless I use the primary key.


Scott Seller
Senior Business Systems Analyst, Enterprise Solutions

7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, Virginia 22108
Tel: 703.854.4513
Fax: 703.854.2003
sseller at usatoday.com

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