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Old 07-08-2010, 07:31 PM   #1
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Importing private key from key server

Greetings friends!
I have this issue with which I want your help.
Recently I installed Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04 x64 on my laptop and as usual copied my .gnupg folder from my backup hard disk to my home directory.
All my key configuration was back. Then I created a new key for my another email address and synced with key servers.
I, then had to re-install Ubuntu again and alas! I forget to backup my updated .gnupg folder.
Now my new key is on key servers and I want to import it but every time I import it, it is imported in public keys section.
Is there any way that I can import that key to my private keys?

P.S: I've posted this on gnuPG mailing list a month ago and got no response.
Old 07-08-2010, 10:08 PM   #2
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keyservers only store public keys, never private keys (they should not anyway), because it would go against the very foundation of asymmetric encryption if they store your private key.

not sure from your post, but if you have lost your private key or it is compromised in anyway, you should stop using it and generate a new one.
Old 07-09-2010, 06:56 PM   #3
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Thanks! I've set it to expire on Nov 2010, so I guess I've to generate another one.


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