I'm confused about GPG, and it's confused about me

Reid Vail rsv869 at runbox.com
Sat Jan 21 22:57:09 CET 2017

Hello Vedaal -

Thanks for your reply. 

I executed the steps you listed (see below) and they completed without any errors.
However I am not yet successful at getting my GPG implementation to work.

Working in Claws-mail I try to send a encrypted test message to the address with
the available public key (the one I exported and imported as you mentioned).  I
would expected the key just mentioned should appear as one I could select in Claws
pop-up box but it doesn't and I have to search for it with the "Other" selection, and
then it's found and I select it.

Next I get a message that the Key is "not fully trusted" and do I want to use it
anyway?  I do.  I get another message saying the "signature failed. Unusable secret

When I look in the lLnux app called Seahorse I do see the key.  When I look within
the Trust tab I see that the Trust box is selected but when I try to sign it this
fails, saying "no usable keys"

I'm confused on my next trouble-shooting steps.  Any advice is appreciated.



On Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:18:32 -0500
vedaal at nym.hush.com wrote:

> On 1/17/2017 at 4:14 PM, "Reid Vail"  wrote:I can run GnuPG at the
> command line and  can create a new key pair, and the output
> from the --fingerprint option is shown directly below, but encrypting
> through Claws
> fails with a error that simply says "encryption failed".
> Next I tried to get a basic signature to work, and that fails also,
> shown next.  
> rsv2 at rsv2-Serval-Pro ~ $ gpg --clearsign --local-user --default-key
> encryption test
> gpg: skipped "--default-key": secret key not available
> gpg: encryption test: clearsign failed: secret key not available
> =====
> You have imported only your public key not your secret key
> Export your public and secret key as an .asc file, (lets say RV.asc)
> Then do gpg --import RV.asc
> Your secret key will be added to your keyring.

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