Unable to delete bogus keys

Jerry gesbbb at yahoo.com
Mon Jan 25 12:24:37 CET 2010

On Sun, 24 Jan 2010 22:50:50 -0800
Doug Barton <dougb at dougbarton.us> articulated:

> On 01/22/10 14:56, Jerry wrote:
> > System Info:
> >
> > FreeBSD-7.2
> >
> > gpg (GnuPG) 2.0.14
> > libgcrypt 1.4.4
> >
> > gpa 0.9.0
> >
> > I honestly have no idea what the problem is here. I am not even
> > sure if this is the correct mail forum to ask this question in. I
> > recently installed GnuPG on my system. Everything appeared to go
> > fine. For some reason, I have numerous keys listed that I have no
> > knowledge of.
> I tried installing gpa and along with the keys that are actually on
> my gnupg keyring I also saw "keys" similar to the ones you have.
> Faramir was right in that these are NOT gnupg keys, they do seem to
> be X.509 certs. I'm not sure why gpa is picking them up, and while
> I'm mildly curious I haven't dug deeply into where they are located.
> I would not encourage you to use this tool, it's FAR better to learn
> the command line options. If you really feel that you need a
> graphical tool for key management the one included with enigmail (the
> thunderbird gnupg addon) is better than most, and has the advantage
> that you can use the same tool in FreeBSD and Windows.
> > This is a screen shot when I attempt to delete a bogus key:
> Rule number 1 of Information Technology, don't delete things if you 
> don't know what they are. :)  Ok, wait, actually that's rule number
> 2. Rule number 1 is "make good backups." But seriously, don't delete
> stuff you don't understand, unless you're prepared to spend a lot of
> time rebuilding/reinstalling things. Of course, that's also a good
> way to learn, but only if you have an effectively infinite supply of
> time on your hands. ;)

OK, I found the source of those "unknown keys"

-r--r--r--    1 root  wheel    27K Jan 20 22:43 com-certs.pem

I renamed the file, deleted the "~/.gnupg/*.kbx" files and restarted GPA
and the problem disappeared. I still don't know what those 'certs' are
suppose to be for; however, the system seems to work fine without them.
Furthermore, prior to updating my system, those files were either not
available or not being loaded. I don't know which. If someone has a
clue, I would enjoy hearing about it.

gesbbb at yahoo.com


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