Problem with email addresses beginning with 0x

John Clizbe JPClizbe at
Fri Sep 29 09:20:18 CEST 2006

Luke J wrote:
> Hi,
> I have recently started using GnuPG. My personal email address begins
> with 0x and this seems to cause problems for gpg when using the -u
> option. I think it tries to interpret the email address as a key ID instead.
> Naturally, when using this from the command line it isn't a big issue
> but when trying to gpg automatically from within Evolution or
> Thunderbird, it tries to sign or encrypt messages by specifying the
> email address as the argument to the -u option which causes the problem.
> At the moment this means I can't use GnuPG with this email address
> without annoying all the people I send emails to and myself! lol  :)
> The error message I get is as follows:
> gpg: skipped "0xlukej at": malformed user id
> gpg: signing failed: malformed user id
> Is this a known issue? Is there anyway around it?

Thunderbird --> Enigmail. In the mail account's 'OpenPGP Security' tab, check
the radio button for 'Use specific OpenPGP key ID' and then enter the key ID in
the box below.

John P. Clizbe                      Inet:   John (a)
You can't spell fiasco without SCO. PGP/GPG KeyID: 0x608D2A10/0x18BB373A
"what's the key to success?"        / "two words: good decisions."
"what's the key to good decisions?" /  "one word: experience."
"how do i get experience?"          / "two words: bad decisions."

"Just how do the residents of Haiku, Hawai'i hold conversations?"

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