[admin] Re: Please help! (Alastair Langwell)

Alastair Langwell sonofbelial at gmail.com
Wed Mar 7 12:12:56 CET 2012

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As per Werner's email below, please find the issue pasted out below:

I'm using Seamonkey on Lubuntu 11.10.

Basically, any time I try to decrypt an email from Enigmail (Seamonkey
2.4.1/Enigmail 1.3.3/GnuPG 1.4.11) I get the following error:

Error - secret key needed to decrypt message; click on 'Details'
button for more information

So I do this and get:

OpenPGP Security Info

Error - secret key needed to decrypt message

gpg command line and output:
gpg: failed to create temporary file
`/home/alastair/.gnupg/.#lk0x81ebb50.localhost.4251': Permission denied
gpg: keyblock resource `/home/alastair/.gnupg/secring.gpg': general error
gpg: failed to create temporary file
`/home/alastair/.gnupg/.#lk0x81eca60.localhost.4251': Permission denied
gpg: keyblock resource `/home/alastair/.gnupg/pubring.gpg': general error
gpg: encrypted with RSA key, ID 2260F69E
gpg: encrypted with RSA key, ID B25CD7DF
gpg: decryption failed: secret key not available

The output of:

ls -dl ~/.gnupg/*

# ls -dl ~/.gnupg/*
- -rw------- 1 root root   9398 2012-03-06 05:18
- -rw------- 1 root root 470993 2012-03-06 19:59
- -rw------- 1 root root 470993 2012-03-06 19:20
- -rw------- 1 root root  10079 2012-03-06 19:00
- -rw------- 1 root root   1760 2012-03-06 19:59


# ls -dl ~/.gnupg/
drw------- 2 root root 4096 2012-03-06 19:59 /home/alastair/.gnupg/

I have also tried:

# chown alastair:alastair ~/.gnupg
# chown alastair:alastair ~/.gnupg/*
# chmod 700 ~/.gnupg/*

None of those have worked.

Enigmail debug tells me that things are working properly... Can anyone

Oh, I'm running a torified system using Tor and Polipo. I'm not sure
if that is significant - I doubt it.

Anyway, I'd really appreciate some help, it's a big problem for me!

Many thanks in advance or your attention,


P.S. I know this is signed just fine - I'm on another PC ;)

Werner Koch wrote:
> Hi,
> if you post an URL which is the actual body of your question,
> please also copy and paste the relevant parts from that web page.
> This is important for some reasons:
> 1. Not everyone is online while reading mails.  For example, I
> often go over mails while traveling by train.  Establishing an
> online connection there is costly and slow.
> 2. Switching to a web browser while browsing mails is cumbersome.
> It is also a web bug which allows to check the time your mail has
> been read.
> 3. The lifetime of mailing list archives is usually different from
> that of a non-related web page.  If the web page vanishes, the
> followups of the original posting are missing its context.
> Shalom-Salam,
> Werner
Version: GnuPG v1.4.12 (MingW32)
Comment: Using GnuPG with Mozilla - http://enigmail.mozdev.org/


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