What am I doing wrong?

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at fifthhorseman.net
Wed Mar 18 13:38:14 CET 2015

On Wed 2015-03-18 08:18:11 -0400, Mark Walter wrote:

> I'm having issues with encrypt and decrypt and I know it's something
> I'm doing wrong. I created a key with Kelopatra. Imported it into GNU
> Privacy Assistant. It shows up as Fully Valid.
> Next, to test, I created the text file test.txt and used the following command to encrypt it.
> gpg -e -u myuser at domain.net -r myuser at domain.net test.txt

the -u myuser at domain.net is not doing anything here, because this is
doing encryption and not signing.  so no secret key material is used in
this step.

> The file test.txt.gpg showed up in my folder.
> Next, I tried to decrypt it using the following syntax.
> gpg -d test.txt.gpg
> And I get the following error.
> Gpg decryption failed: No secret key
> Not sure what I'm doing wrong here. This used to not be an issue.

It sounds to me like you imported your public key but not your secret

Does your key show up in the output of "gpg --list-secret-keys"  ?


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