GPG User ID Comments and RFC 5322

David Shaw dshaw at
Sun Sep 13 20:03:49 CEST 2009

On Sep 13, 2009, at 1:04 PM, Philippe Cerfon wrote:

> On Sun, Sep 13, 2009 at 12:28 AM, David Shaw <dshaw at>  
> wrote:
>> GPG generally ignores comments.  They're intended as messages from  
>> one human
>> to another, and not GPG's responsiblity.  You can search on the  
>> field, but
>> (with one exception) GPG will not act differently depending on what  
>> it finds
>> in there.
> Isn't this a problem? If gpg handles keys (or even different keys)
> with user IDs that only differ by their comment,.. but gpg ignores
> this?

GPG does really not do anything with the user ID beyond allowing you  
to search with it.  The key ID is how GPG manipulates keys.  The user  
ID is for human beings.


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