All my Passwords are lost

C.J. Collier cjac at
Sun Apr 25 00:19:07 CEST 2021

Did you encrypt to yourself as well as to the pause key for some reason?
Are you a pause admin?  It sounds like you encrypted to both yourself and
pause at for some reason.  If that's the case and you cannot
find your private key, you could maybe ask a pause admin to decrypt and
re-encrypt to a key that you own, sending you back the encrypted file.  But
you'd need to trust the pause admin with your passwords.  I probably know
one that I would trust with this task, but it would put a bit of liability
risk on them as well...

On Sat, Apr 24, 2021, 15:00 Marek Stepanek <mstep at>

> Hello all,
> Perhaps somebody out there could be of some help. I use since 10 years now
> GnuPG in my Shell to encrypt my Passwords. I only open this file, from time
> to time to look up some pws which I need for banking, crypto or to check,
> which of my many mails I used on which webpage.
> After use I remove the pw.txt file immediately with my shell. All what is
> left is the file pw.txt.gpg.
> Now after such a long time, something strange happened: this file is
> apparently encrypted with a foreign private key, which I never have had:
> gpg: WARNING: no command supplied.  Trying to guess what you mean ...
> gpg: encrypted with 2048-bit ELG key, ID 1F1EF0849B5C6D50, created
> 2019-06-30
>       "PAUSE Batch Signing Key 2021 <pause at>"
> gpg: decryption failed: No secret key
> I would be *VERY* grateful for any help in:
> 1. Recover the original file pw.tx. This file I remove in my shell and for
> me, it seems impossible to recover this file. Right? And I am sure: I have
> even a SSD on my 2018 MB Pro. Which makes it even much more improbable, to
> recover the decrypted pw-file.
> 2. If the file is mistakenly encrypted with wrong headers from,
> perhaps it would be possible to change the headers to my private gpg key? I
> see in the pw.txt.gpg file <85> … <8c> … <91> which could be headers. If I
> replace some of them with a backup - two month old from a still working
> bu_pw.txt.pgg file?
> 3. As a last resort: is the private key of pause at still in
> use? Would it possible to … ok ok private key … ok ok not possible … I
> understand.
> Some ideas? Thank you for your insight
> Marek Stepanek
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