Setting Primary UID

Werner Koch
Fri, 7 Apr 2000 14:17:29 +0200

On Fri, 7 Apr 2000, Brian Galbraith wrote:

> I have recently added some UIDs to my keys, but unfortunately have been
> unable to Change the Primary UID used . I have read the manual, but have
> been unable to find anything which works.
There is not clear way to say what's the primary user ID is. The most logical one to me, is to say that latest one created is the primary one. However there are problems with that: You way want to change some attributes (like preferences or expiration time) and this way the timestamp of the self-signature (which is the only way to tell you when a UID has been created) changes, or you have a private and a business user ID. OpenPGP has a primary key flag, but ist is allowed to put it on more than one user ID. Bottom line is that there is no clear semantic defined in (at least) gpg. Werner -- Werner Koch OpenPGP key 621CC013 OpenIT GmbH tel +49 211 239577-0 Birkenstr. 12 email D-40233 Düsseldorf