Importing private key from key server

David Shaw dshaw at
Fri Jun 11 19:59:02 CEST 2010

On Jun 11, 2010, at 1:23 AM, Manpreet Singh Dhillon wrote:

> Greetings friends!
> I have this issue with which I want your help.
> Recently I installed Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04 x64 on my laptop and as usual copied my .gnupg folder from my backup hard disk to my home directory.
> All my key configuration was back. Then I created a new key for my another email address and synced with key servers.
> I, then had to re-install Ubuntu again and alas! I forget to backup my .gnupg folder.
> Now my new key is on key servers and I want to import it but every time I import it, it is imported in public keys section.
> Is there any way that I can import that key to my private keys?

Sorry, no.  Keyservers only store public keys.  Even if you somehow managed to manipulate things to get that key onto your private keyring it would still be a public key and not contain the private data.


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