Signing non self-signed key impossibile with GNUPG since > 1.2.x ?

David Shaw dshaw at
Wed Feb 23 16:05:52 CET 2005

On Wed, Feb 23, 2005 at 05:33:30AM -0800, Harakiri wrote:
> Why is it impossibile with GNUPG to sign old non
> self-signed keys ? 

The problem with signing a non-self signed key is that you're making a
statement about a key that the *owner* of the key isn't making.  For
this reason, it is not usually allowed.

> So, what to do now ? I have to migrate back to a very
> old version to make gnupg work or sign those keys i
> really need to trust with PGP 8.x under windows...

Use the --expert option.


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