If you open the program and don't see your key listed then the file which contains your keys and which the program is linked to has either been moved or deleted, as you mentioned in the first post. From the sound of things the file you deleted from the PGP program's folder was the file which contained your private key; when you opened it originally it may have simply displayed the public part of your key, but it most likely contained both.Damn that would be really unfortunate. I'm not sure how to confirm that I still have my private key or not. When I open the program I don't see my key anywhere. I don't understand how what I deleted was my private key.
It was a file that the program generated that I was allowed to name and choose where to save and everything. All that was in it when I opened it was my PGP public key and at this point PGP worked fine with receiving and decrypting messages. I then decided to use an email service and attach that file and send it to myself. I deleted the original and all of a sudden my key was gone from the program.
I downloaded and saved the file that I attached and selected it for importing. It said no keys were found in it. I don't understand as I made no changes to the file I just attached it in an email.
Is it possible that I could go into the program folder to find my key? If so what would it be called for my program and what should I look for?
If you exported it and entered your own filename it wouldn't have an extension listed, so don't mind that one for now.Ah ok this is all starting to make a little more sense.
I'm using GPA 0.9.7 (GnuPG 2.0.28)
My OS is xubuntu 15.10
I'm not sure the extension I exported I don't know how to check that
I definitely don't think I deleted it from the folder in that link you provided although I can't be sure because I'm not sure how to find the program folder in my OS. That person seems to be using windows and I don't know how GPA stores stuff on xubuntu. When I saved the file I deleted I got to choose where it went and everything so it wasn't something intrinsically stored in the program that contains my private key information correct?
Your private key is stored on your keyring along with public keys, both yours and other people's public keys you import; however, when you backup your private key you can back it up to any location you wish, and the same goes for exporting a public key - you can save them anywhere.When I saved the file I deleted I got to choose where it went and everything so it wasn't something intrinsically stored in the program that contains my private key information correct?
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