Paperkey question

David Shaw dshaw at
Mon Feb 9 16:26:09 CET 2009

> You can't take a public key and just attach the blob to the end.  A
> secret key is made up of secret key packets.  You need to convert your
> individual public key packets to secret key packets.  Split the public
> key into packets, convert the individual packets, then reassemble the
> key.
> Run "paperkey --file-format" and it will print out some pointers on
> how to do this.

On Feb 9, 2009, at 9:44 AM, ian at wrote:

> One you have split your key with gpgsplit do you just then add the  
> relevant secret key packets to each key part and then cat them back  
> together.

Please stop top-posting.

Next, you switch the type of each packet from public to secret (i.e.  
change tag 6 to 5, or 14 to 7 for subkeys).  Then cat them all back  
together again.


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