:-(( Re: smart card no longer works

Stephan Beck stebe at mailbox.org
Sat Sep 10 20:56:00 CEST 2016

Hi Philip,

Philip Jackson:
> On 10/09/16 06:27, NIIBE Yutaka wrote:
>> I don't have any experience with this error behavior.  Please describe
>> the situation and the interaction; Did you input passphrase and push
>> [OK] button, and then gpg failed?
>> Please try again with pinentry-curses and/or pinentry-tty.  Does it work?
> I don't think the pinentry is the problem. I have tried several versions
> and no matter if I enter the pin via dialogue box or on the command
> line, the result is the same.
> I verified the pin using gpg --card-edit & it is ok.
> I think the problem must be more connected with how I introduced my
> secring and pubring to the new distro installation when I installed
> ubuntu 16.04

Have you recreated the key stubs on the new system after having imported
your public key first?

And before, still on 14.04, did you use the --export-secret-keys command?

Which were the steps you have taken for "migrating" keys to the new

And, by the way, does the screen output in your previous mail really
show that a subkey with the same ID as the pubkey (so, a duplicate of
the pubkey) is being used for decrypting a file encrypted to your
pubkey? I mean, that wouldn't make sense in terms of public key
cryptography and is duly canceled by gpg.
Am I missing something?



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