key import of old keys not successful

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29 Apr, 2018 08:33 PM

I can’t import my keys from my old laptop. I tried importing public, secret, and sub keys and I still can’t decrypt anything. It fails with:

gpg: decryption failed: No secret key

This is ridiculous.

It should actually decrypt encrypted files.

macOS                   10.13.4     17E202
GPG Suite               2018.1      2083    (9658b70)
GPGMail                 3.0b4       1272    (461cda15)
GPG Keychain            1.4.2       1403    (128637e)
GPGServices             1.11.2      969     (e5438f7)
MacGPG                  2.2.3       900     (cead4f9)
GPG Suite Preferences   2.1.1       993     (05eb1a6)
Libmacgpg               0.8.2       829     (943132e)
pinentry           9       (db18340)
  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 01 May, 2018 12:00 PM

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    Hi Kevin,

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

    Can you provide exact steps you took to import your old keys? What is the output you get for that? Are you seeing any error messages? If yes, please take a screenshot and attach it.

    It seems your secret keys were not imported from the error you are seeing when trying to decrypt.


  2. 2 Posted by Mia on 02 May, 2018 08:32 AM

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    Hi there,
    I cannot import all keys that I get from my friends. That is it says imported this and that key but it is not there. What shall I do.
    When I get the key from my friend I right click and get into finder clicking on import key from file and when it is done it says imported key successful but as said, it is not there.
    Can anybody say something about this

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Steve on 02 May, 2018 02:59 PM

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    Hi Mia,

    can you attach the key you are trying to import so we can try to reproduce the problem?


  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Steve on 18 Jul, 2018 02:40 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

  5. Steve closed this discussion on 18 Jul, 2018 02:40 PM.

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