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I maintain some PPAs at launchpad. I created SSH and OpenPGP keys for that.

If I need to update a PPA from another computer, I will have to transfer these keys there.

I tried to export and import them using Seahorse (Keys & Passwords), but they did not want to import.

What is the easiest way to transfer keys?

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Seahorse' Export function only exports public keys, not private ones.

You can easily export the private key from the command line using gpg --export-secret-keys [key-id] > secret.pgp.

An alternative would be to migrate the whole ~/.gnupg folder to the new machine (you might have to fix some permission issues afterwards, mostly making sure you and only you can read and write from/to that folder).

Private SSH keys are usually stored in ~/.ssh, I'd also simply just copy the whole folder to the new machine.

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  • I will try that. And what about ssh? – Pilot6 Jun 10 '15 at 12:38
  • Just realized that was missing, too -- already added it right before reading your comment. – Jens Erat Jun 10 '15 at 12:38
  • Just copied directories and it worked. Seahorse found them too. – Pilot6 Jun 10 '15 at 12:48

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