Originally posted by jmorse
This may be completely irrelevant to the problem:
Is the usb drive formated with vfat?
Does the vfat software support the type of lock that gpg is trying to set?
Perhaps creating a file, and using it as an image to format it with ext2, and saving the key in this file system would solve the problem?
I assume that it is vfat formatted. The drive was originally used on a Win2000 machine. As for the vfat software supporting the type of lock...I have no idea. I do not know what type of lock the program is trying to set. In fact, I have not been able to find a reference to this error on any site related to gnupg. There is a German site that explains how to set up the flash drive, but it doesn't go into this error at all (translated it through babelfish). Since I haven't been able to locate this error on any web site explaining gnupg use, I think it has something to do with a filesystem lock (hence the somewhat cryptic message for a fairly new guy like me).
I'm not exactly sure what you are saying with the last part (using a file as an image to formate the memory stick?). I'll do some searching and try that route. Ultimately I would like to be able to use the memory stick on Windows and Linux, which lead me to believe it would need to remain FAT-format. However, I would at least like to get it working on the Linux box first, and this may be a good way to try a different route and isolate the problem.
Many thanks for your help!!! It isn't often that I run into a problem like this that isn't explained on a web site somewhere. I thought I had some sort of funky setup. I'll let you know what I find out.