Decryption Fails on UserName but not on EmailAddress ???

David Shaw dshaw at
Sat Sep 26 01:42:22 CEST 2009

On Sep 25, 2009, at 7:19 PM, nschroth wrote:

> I have been reading previous posts on this topic but have not found my
> answer.
> When I ENcrypt on BoxA using -r UserName, decryption on BoxB errors  
> with :
> "decryption failed: secret key not available".
> However, doing the same test using the email address associated with  
> the
> recipient, Decryption WORKS.

It sounds like you have two keys.  When you use "-r username" you're  
matching one of them.  When you use "-r emailaddress at"  
you're matching the other one.

Check your keyring to be sure: do a "gpg --list-keys username" to see  
all keys that match that name.


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