kmail pgp problem

Howard Coles Jr. dhcolesj at
Sat Dec 10 18:04:07 UTC 2005

On Saturday 10 December 2005 11:19, dave s wrote:
> Hey Its quite possible that I may be wrong but I understood it as ...
> 1. I create a key pair, a private key, and a public key
> 2. I export the public key
> 3. Other person uses public key to encrypt a message
> 4. I use private key to decode message

Nope, I don't think so, and that would explain why you get the "bad 
passphrase" error message.  To encrypt a message Kgpg asks for the passphrase 
for that key.  They would use their private key to encrypt and send the 
message to you to decrypt.  (assuming you have his public key to do so)
The encryption is generally done with the private key.  There are systems I 
believe that may work the way you describe, however I believe the pgp setup 
is as I have described.

(However I'm going to test this again myself to be sure, :-).


See Ya'
Howard Coles Jr.
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