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Re: Changing the ID on a Debian key

On Sat, 10 Feb 2001, Ethan Benson wrote:

> On Sun, Feb 11, 2001 at 09:34:38AM +1100, Brian May wrote:

> > How do you do the opposite? ie. How do you delete an old uid, which
> > corresponds to an E-Mail address that no longer works (for instance)?

> you can't.  at least not when keyservers are involved.  you can delete
> uids easily on your local keyring, but exporting the key and merging
> into someone elses (or a keyservers) keyring will simply add any new
> uids and not remove any.  

> > (deleting the uid and uploading to the server wont delete the extra
> > uid on the server. Same goes for importing the key into gpg too).

> yup, sucks doesn't it?  its too bad there isn't a way to mark a single
> uid as revoked or better `obsolete'.  

You can revoke a signature on an individual uid, using the gpg --edit-key
interface.  Uploading the key to the keyserver after a signature revocation
has been tacked on should address the problem.

If you're really getting rid of the uid and want it to be revoked, then you
don't /want/ the uid to be deleted from the keyserver.. if you do that, no one
who's downloaded your key previously has any way of knowing that it's been

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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