Using Smartcards without it's public key

Hauke Laging mailinglisten at
Sat Mar 3 22:23:31 CET 2012

Am Samstag, 3. März 2012, 22:14:12 schrieb Werner Koch:
> No. Public OpenPGP keys are often pretty lare and would not fit on the
> card.  Thus we decided not to do it at all.

But it the public key technically necessary to decrypt data? I checked what 
happens if the public key is unavailable (but the secret key in its keyring). 
The secret key is listed but gpg aborts when decrypting, complaining about the 
missing public key.

PGP: D44C 6A5B 71B0 427C CED3 025C BD7D 6D27 ECCB 5814
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