GPG Keychain: HELP with creating a passphrase

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26 Dec, 2017 05:58 PM

I cannot export my secret PGP key. I have just created a new key and im trying to export the secret key and everyone of my passphrases gets denied. No passphrase will work to allow me to export my private key. What are the requirements for passphrases? It will not allow me to use any. Please help.

I expected to be able to create a passphrase and export my private key

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  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 18 Jan, 2018 07:17 PM

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    Hi Michael,

    welcome to the GPGTools support platform. Sorry you are having problems using GPG Suite.

    Can you please test if things work if you create a test key with password abc - there's no need to upload that test key to the key servers - and then export the test key. Does that work?

    In case that works as expected, your best bet is to try remembering your password. Are there any special characters in your password? Was it an extraordinary long password using more than 255 characters?


  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Steve on 26 Mar, 2018 06:57 PM

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    Closing, since no further user feedback was received. Should your problem persist, feel free to re-open this discussion any time.

    All the best, steve

  3. Steve closed this discussion on 26 Mar, 2018 06:57 PM.

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