Deleting a Public Key from a server

john clark
Mon Jun 17 14:32:01 2002

 --- Joseph <> wrote: > On Sat,
2002-06-15 at 16:35, wrote:
> > When I had a crash (and no backup) I lost my old
> sec-key. Now I created 
> > a new one but people don't know which one to use
> or use the wrong one. 
> > How can I delete the the old pub-key ?
> > 
> > I am totally new to GPG and
> Terminal-commands/usage. So please be so 
> > kind to explain it like to a 3 year old kid.
> Thanks!
> I don't think you can delete the key from the
> server.
> One way of doing it is to create key an name it "DO
> Sign your public key the one that you lost the
> pass-phrase to with the
> key you just created "DO NOT USE" and post it to the
> key-server.
> Joseph

You can't delete your pubkey but you can render it
unusable by revoking it.

But you said you lost the secret key, so... bummer.
Quite impossible. Unless you nag all the people who
maintain the keyservers and the hundreds of sites that
mirror its contents to delete your pubkey.

You have to really prove that your YOU, though.

And that would be tough withouth a secret key.

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