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    Seahorse, Openpgp, Thunderbird & enigmail ...

    With seahorse I have created a new key for me of the type PGP key (for email encryption)

    I verified it by checking properties of that key. It exists, is signed, has the right date, ...

    Now I go to Thunderbird 17.07 on my AMD/64 machine and open Keymanagement under OpenPGP. No key is available!
    I check the directory .gnupg and find an update of the pubring and secring according to the time I made the key.

    I try to send a message to myself and get:
    Send operation aborted.
    Error - encryption command failed


    What do I miss?
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    Re: Seahorse, Openpgp, Thunderbird & enigmail ...

    I suggest that you start by checking, that you can use the key from the command line, to encrypt and decrypt files.

    See
    Code:
    man gpg
    Start with the examples near the end of the man page:

    Code:
    EXAMPLES
           gpg -se -r Bob file
                  sign and encrypt for user Bob
    
           gpg --clearsign file
                  make a clear text signature
    
           gpg -sb file
                  make a detached signature
    
           gpg -u 0x12345678 -sb file
                  make a detached signature with the key 0x12345678
    
           gpg --list-keys user_ID
                  show keys
    
           gpg --fingerprint user_ID
                  show fingerprint
    
           gpg --verify pgpfile
    
           gpg --verify sigfile
                  Verify the signature of the file but do not output the data. The second form is used for
                  detached  signatures,  where  sigfile is the detached signature (either ASCII armored or
                  binary) and are the signed data; if this is not given, the name of the file holding  the
                  signed data is constructed by cutting off the extension (".asc" or ".sig") of sigfile or
                  by asking the user for the filename.

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    Re: Seahorse, Openpgp, Thunderbird & enigmail ...

    Yes, from the command line it is working, ...
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    Re: Seahorse, Openpgp, Thunderbird & enigmail ...

    I have Enigmail working in my Ubuntu 12.04 and Thunderbird. I installed it almost one year ago, and I remember it was a little tricky, but do not remember the details that well.

    Read the tutorials you can find on the internet. And then go into all the menus of Enigmail (or associated to Enigmail) and try various options. For example, if you have several keys, on of them might be directly associated to your log in ID. It will probably be easiest to get that key working. You must get the password mechanism working.

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    Re: Seahorse, Openpgp, Thunderbird & enigmail ...

    I think I know where the problem is, but don't know how to solve it.

    If I open Thunderbird and go to OpenPGP dropdown to Keymanagement, then there is not a single key.
    It seems that it did not get that the keys are in .gnupg

    If I use the comandline then it gets the path to the keys and so it works. Where is in Thunderbird/Enigmail the path to the key?
    I looked already in Thunderbird's prefs.js but could not spot it there.
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    Re: Seahorse, Openpgp, Thunderbird & enigmail ...

    From man gpg

    Code:
    --keyring file
                  Add file to the current list of keyrings. If file begins with a tilde and a slash, these
                  are  replaced  by  the  $HOME directory. If the filename does not contain a slash, it is
                  assumed to be in the GnuPG home directory ("~/.gnupg" if --homedir or $GNUPGHOME is  not
                  used).
    
                  Note that this adds a keyring to the current list. If the intent is to use the specified
                  keyring alone, use --keyring along with --no-default-keyring.
    What is the OpenPGP 'settings' for the gpg path and options, for example at the 'advanced' tab?

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    Re: Seahorse, Openpgp, Thunderbird & enigmail ...

    Actually I don't really know what made it work, but it does now.

    in Account settings:
    I have removed old certificates I still had in the mail account settings from the time Thawte.
    I have disabled/enabled in the account settings in OpenPGP Options (Enigmail) the key according to the email address
    I ticked sign non-encrypted messages in account settings


    in OpenPGP preferences
    [Basic] I unticked Override with
    [Key Selection] I selected By rules and email addresses
    opened [Edit Rules] and clicked on [Add]
    added the email address in "Set OpenPGP Rules for"
    clicked on [Select Key(s)
    refresh key list and clicked the key I wanted (yeah, there the keys came up)


    I think that was all I did, and now it is working!
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    Re: Seahorse, Openpgp, Thunderbird & enigmail ...

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing

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