paperkey // ? feature request

David Shaw dshaw at
Tue Feb 10 18:57:07 CET 2009

On Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 12:41:12PM -0500, vedaal at wrote:
> On Tue, 10 Feb 2009 11:30:07 -0500 David Shaw 
> <dshaw at> wrote:
> >You don't need paperkey to do this.  Just use GPG.  If you import 
> >a  
> >secret key and you don't have the matching public key, GPG will  
> >automatically create a public key from the secret key.
> but i need paperkey to store the 'whole' secret key with the public 
> key part,
> not only the secret parts added to the public kry ... :-)

Then that's just storing a secret key.  Paperkey works by removing the
redundant part of a secret key (i.e. the embedded public key, the user
IDs, signatures, etc).  When you restore the secret key, you need to
provide a copy of the public key so that paperkey can restore the
secret key (putting back the redundant parts).

If you can't remove the redundant parts, then you're basically storing
a secret key, unchanged.


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