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Raif

14 Mar, 2012 05:33 PM

Hi, i have managed to create 2 OpenGPG keys with the key server...i think?

I tried to delete one and seemed to work.
Have read the quickstart guide but doesn't mention anything.
6 lines of text in GPG keychain shown below...

sec Raif Cabbabe ... created 15th March (in bold)
uid Raif Cabbabe ... ct\reated 15th March (in bold)
sub ...created 15th March (in bold)
......... pub Raif Cabbabe .... created 14th March (NOT in bold)
uid Raif Cabbabe .... created 14th March (NOT in bold)
sub Raif Cabbabe .... created 14th March (NOT in bold)

Is there any reason to worry about the key un-bolded?

New to this...thanks for your help.
R.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Luke Le on 14 Mar, 2012 05:47 PM

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    Hi Raif,

    could you describe the steps which led to this result?

  2. 2 Posted by Raif Cabbabe on 14 Mar, 2012 05:59 PM

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    Hi,

    I was following the screencast and successfully created the key, but had trouble sending the encrypted message. Decided to start again as i may have made a mistake, so deleted it and did it again.

    Worked it out today and have sent my first encrypted message to [email blocked] (please confirm i have sent it correctly).

    GPG keychain access shows 3 keys. I understand the 'sec' one is the private one and to be kept secure. The 'pub' one is the one for public...however the line stating 'pub' is in the un-bolded key. The 'sec' line is in the bolded key. Is this how it should be? If so, which key do i use to encrypt messages?....the bolded one (as it says validity:Ultimate), or the unbolded one (as it has the 'pub' line however says validity: unknown)??

    Thank you for your help.

    R

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Mento on 14 Mar, 2012 06:08 PM

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    The bold key is your "new" key. You have the secret and the public part.
    The other key is the "old" key, you have removed the secret part of this key and have only the public part.
    You can simply delete the old (unbold) key.

  4. Mento closed this discussion on 14 Mar, 2012 06:08 PM.

  5. Steve re-opened this discussion on 14 Mar, 2012 06:14 PM

  6. Support Staff 4 Posted by Steve on 14 Mar, 2012 06:14 PM

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    Also if you have some minutes consider to read the GKA wiki here: https://github.com/GPGTools/GPGKeychainAccess/wiki

  7. Steve closed this discussion on 14 Mar, 2012 06:14 PM.

  8. Raif Cabbabe re-opened this discussion on 14 Mar, 2012 06:17 PM

  9. 5 Posted by Raif Cabbabe on 14 Mar, 2012 06:17 PM

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    Thanks Mento,

    I deleted the unbolded part. The bolded key has 3 lines in it, but not a 'pub' line.

    Thought it was supposed to show a public ('pub') line?

    R

  10. 6 Posted by Raif Cabbabe on 14 Mar, 2012 06:38 PM

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    Steve,

    I deleted the unbolded part. The key i have has no 'pub' line, only sec, uid and sub.

    Is that normal?
    Raif

  11. Support Staff 7 Posted by Steve on 14 Mar, 2012 06:41 PM

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    Hey Raif, you can edit your comments I think, no?

    Have you read the wiki already? Maybe try that and if then you still have questions about the keys we're happy to help you out.

  12. Support Staff 8 Posted by Steve on 14 Mar, 2012 06:45 PM

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    Your test mail arrived fine. I assume your setup is working. :)

    Great stuff.

    All the best, steve

  13. Steve closed this discussion on 14 Mar, 2012 06:45 PM.

  14. Raif Cabbabe re-opened this discussion on 14 Mar, 2012 06:58 PM

  15. 9 Posted by Raif Cabbabe on 14 Mar, 2012 06:58 PM

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    Sorry to keep bothering you Steve.

    I read the wiki...very helpful.

    However please clarify - key-pairs are paired pub and sec keys with an accompanying uid. I see only sec, uid and sub with mine....no pub.

    What should i do?

  16. Support Staff 10 Posted by Steve on 14 Mar, 2012 07:01 PM

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    Ok, good. This is a little tricky to understand. Each sec key is in actuality a key-pair containing your sec and the pub key. So for sec keys you won't find a pub key entry because the sec key is a key pair containing both. If you want to export only your pub key: select the sec key > export > make sure to not include the sec key in the export window. and you're done.

    does this answer your question? cheers, steve

  17. 11 Posted by Raif Cabbabe on 14 Mar, 2012 07:03 PM

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    perfect.

    thanks again

  18. Support Staff 12 Posted by Steve on 14 Mar, 2012 07:04 PM

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    Great stuff!

    happy encrypting :)

  19. Steve closed this discussion on 14 Mar, 2012 07:04 PM.

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