Decryption Fails on UserName but not on EmailAddress ???

nschroth nschroth at
Sat Sep 26 16:48:04 CEST 2009


On the target (recipient) machine:
  --list-keys shows my Primary Key, My desktop Key and a co-worker's desktop
  --list-secret-keys shows only my Primary Ke
  --list-keys PrimaryKeyUserName it only lists my primary key.

This has happen when a file was encrypted from EITHER my desktop or
mycoworker's desktop.


David Shaw wrote:
> 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.
> David
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