v1.4.22: re--importing --export'ed key from --export-secret-subkeys dir cannot --encrypt

Steffen Nurpmeso steffen at sdaoden.eu
Mon Jun 11 16:32:34 CEST 2018

A nice Monday afternoon i wish, i have a post scriptum.

Steffen Nurpmeso wrote in <20180604134413.SlJyg%steffen at sdaoden.eu>:
 |Last saturday i search/stumbled over an interesting Debian page
 |(Subkey.html) which describes how to generate a dedicated siging
 |subkeys, and how to create a new key pool via
 |--export-secret-subkeys which does not contain (all parts of) the
 |real private key, so that the secret key can be stored "somewhere
 |else" but the newly reimported secret (sub)key can still be used
 |for signing purposes.
 |(sorry), i cannot find a bug in the bug-db that corresponds to the
 |behaviour i see, and that is that i neither can --export the
 |public key from that mutilated private key and use that one for
 |--encrypt'ion, nor can use the key itself for that (the encryption
 |key seems "hidden", but if i "toggle" --edit-key then i can see it
 |still).  But i can use it for signing purposes.

So i ended up with two directories, pgp-backup.git without
secring.gpg and only the public key which can encrypt, and
pgp.git, which is ~/.gnupg, has the mutilated private key, and can

Just ten minutes ago however i have found out that if i --export
the key from pgp-backup.git and --import it into pgp.git, then the
latter gains encryption capabilities again!  I thought i had tried
that with the GNUPGHOME which has the full private key, and
failed, but maybe i was in a state of confusion by then (already).
Anyway, this new --import mysteriously said

  Reading passphrase from file descriptor 4
  gpg: key ... 2 new signatures
  gpg: key .. 1 new subkey
  gpg: Total number processed: 1
  gpg:            new subkeys: 1
  gpg:         new signatures: 2

and i now have the signature for the newly created signing subkey
two times, and encryption works.
~/.gnupg is now fully functional again!

Ciao from within the Greyness,

|Der Kragenbaer,                The moon bear,
|der holt sich munter           he cheerfully and one by one
|einen nach dem anderen runter  wa.ks himself off
|(By Robert Gernhardt)

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