Newbie question: GnuPG and PGP

Randy Harmon
Sat, 6 Jan 2001 15:24:21 -0800

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From: Werner Koch <>

[gpg shows two keyid's for a DSS/DH key; pgp shows just the
primary keyid]

> PGP is wrong. Every key including subkeys have a unique KeyID
> and by default GnuPG _and_ PGP 5,6,7 do create a primary and
> one
> secindary key - the first one is used for signing, the second
> one for encrypting (PGP calls ElGamal keys (the "g" in GnuPG's
> listing) DH (Diffie Hellman)) I don't know why PGP lists the
> primary keys ID with the DH subkey.
Because users need a keyid that identifies the key. A second keyid doesn't seem useful because subkeys can be transitive. Multiple keyid's for a person's key can cause unnecessry confusion. Werner, what benefit is there to displaying the keyid for a subkey? Randy -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: PGP 7.0.1 iQA/AwUBOlepIQ1uZ1o8/+/OEQIIfQCgktt0lqeKp6IgUjMWlfzzl60k2AcAnRd2 HAjNf3eYIGopaFlgQsfMMU8T =Z4qu -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- -- Archive is at - Unsubscribe by sending mail with a subject of "unsubscribe" to