Restoring a backup key

Osama Khalid osamak at
Sun Oct 31 19:53:06 CET 2010

After a chat on the gnupg IRC channel, I found out that the backup gpg
made was only partial. It was for one of my secret subkeys.

$ gpg --list-keys
pub   2048R/5BFA8C2E 2010-10-01
uid                  Osama Khalid (osamak) <osamak at>
sub   1024R/567A2834 2010-10-01
sub   2048R/D023251F 2010-10-01
$ gpg sk_<...>.gpg
sec  1024R/567A2834 2010-10-01

The primary secret key is not included in the "sk_<...>.gpg" file. I
wonder why gpg would suggest that "backup of card key saved to

Am I missing something here?

--Osama Khalid

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