Can't decrypt my passwords: gpg: decryption failed: No secret key

Csanyi Pal csanyipal at
Sat Feb 1 14:16:08 CET 2020

In my case I haven't any backup of mine GPG secret key here.

So I removed my stored and lost passwords from password-store.

I just initialize this password-store with the command:
pass init csanyipa at

I shell store here my passwords again.

I am just curious: can one decrypt it's password-store with command 
which is opposite to the
pass init command?

2020. 02. 01. 10:53 keltezéssel, Emil Lundberg írta:
> If you have a backup of your GPG secret key, you can restore that and 
> use it to re-encrypt your passwords to the new key.
> If you do not have a backup, your encrypted passwords are permanently 
> lost. There is no way to recover them without the secret key.
> I'm sorry to bring the bad news, if that is the case.
> /Emil
> On Sat, 1 Feb 2020, 10:26 Csanyi Pal, <csanyipal at 
> <mailto:csanyipal at>> wrote:
>     Hi,
>     I messed up my GPG secret key and password-store system here.
>     I do not understand how GPG works.
>     I removed with Seahorse my old secret key so now pass show command does
>     not shows any passwords out there.
>     Eg:
>     pass show AvilagHalon/Telefonjaim/Telenor
>     gives this message.
>     gpg: decryption failed: No secret key
>     How did I get into this trouble?
>     I am going to change my Desktop Environment from Xfce4 to LXQt.
>     So when I am logged in at LXQt then I couldn't use passwords with pass,
>     or QtPass. I do not remember why not.
>     Probably I removed with Seahorse the old GPG secret key so I can't
>     decrypt my passwords stored in password-store.
>     At the same time I created a new key pair with gpg and tried to use
>     with
>     it the password-store but without success.
>     What can I do now to get my passwords back?
>     -- 
>     Best, Paul Chany

Best, Paul Chany

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