Secret key not available

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Fri May 25 15:59:29 CEST 2012

Am Fr 25.05.2012, 13:39:27 schrieb DUELL, BOB:
> Hi,
> Couple quick questions (and probably a FAQ):

You need the link to the FAQ?

> 1.  Attempting to decrypt a file that was sent to me by someone else,
>     I get this message:
>     gpg: decryption failed: secret key not available
>     Could that mean the file was not encrypted with my public key?


> 2.  Assuming the above it "yes", is there a command I can use to
>     display what key(s) were used to encrypt the file?

When I try to decrypt such a file then this happens:

start cmd:> LC_ALL=C gpg --decrypt --output /dev/null \
gpg: encrypted with 2048-bit RSA key, ID 0x12345678, created 2012-05-22
      "foo bar <foo at>"
gpg: decryption failed: No secret key

So it has obviously been encrypted for key 0x12345678.

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