No secret key on 1 file

Steven Bonda sbonda at
Fri Aug 16 16:53:40 CEST 2013

C:\Users\me>gpg2 -v -K 727A253D
gpg: using PGP trust model
gpg: error reading key: No secret key

C:\Users\me>gpg2 -v --edit-key 727A253D
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gpg: using PGP trust model


I get that there's no secret key for that ID but I don't understand why PGP
can decrypt the file but GPG can't.

Again, thanks for the help.

-----Original Message-----
From: Werner Koch [mailto:wk at] 
Sent: Friday, August 16, 2013 10:36 AM
To: Steven Bonda
Cc: gnupg-users at
Subject: Re: No secret key on 1 file

On Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:56, sbonda at said:

> gpg: encrypted with RSA key, ID 727A253D
> gpg: decryption failed: No secret key

Please check thenoutput of 

  gpg2 -v -K 727A253D

If you can't see the reason, you may want to

  gpg2 -v --edit-key 727A253D

to see some more details.



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