Encrypt Error - There is no assurance this key belongs to the named user

Grant Olson kgo at grant-olson.net
Wed Oct 6 01:05:14 CEST 2010

On 10/5/10 6:13 PM, Thomas Chitwood wrote:
> Robert,
> This is a error that is preventing us from encrypting. The key has been
> trusted and signed.
> pub  2048R/F56DBCBE  created: 2010-09-28  expires: never       usage: SC  
>                      trust: full          validity: unknown
> sub  2048R/CEA16A49  created: 2010-09-28  expires: never       usage: E  
> [ unknown] (1). Patrick Ashbrook <pashbrook at chcw.com>
> Tom Chitwood
> Wellpoint Account
> Information Technology Services Americas
> Global Services, IBM
> 818.234.4118

Since it's listing the validity as unknown, gpg doesn't seem to think
the key is signed by your key.  (Maybe you didn't set your own key to
ultimate trust?)

As Robert said, unknown validity will usually Y/N prompt you for
confirmation instead of completely failing.  Are you encrypting from a
batch file?  From a gui front end?  From the command line?

And that's still not an actual error message.  Could you try something
like the following and post the acutal error?

johnmudhead:~ grant$ echo foo > bar.txt
johnmudhead:~ grant$ gpg -r pashbrook at chcw.com --encrypt bar.txt
gpg: pashbrook at chcw.com: skipped: No public key
gpg: bar.txt: encryption failed: No public key


"I am gravely disappointed. Again you have made me unleash my dogs of war."

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