Can one add a name to a user ID?

Adrian von Bidder avbidder at
Mon Feb 9 11:20:05 CET 2004

On Friday 06 February 2004 21.31, Ben Wise wrote:
> I have a key, one of whose UID's is just an email address, not a "name
> <address>" pair.
> Is there a way to associate a name with that address, short of deleting
> the UID (and all signatures) and creating a new one?

After you have created a userid, there is now way to change it. After you have 
published your userid, there is no way to delete it (you can delete it 
locally, but your friends and probably the keyservers will still have it).

So you're basically out of luck. You can create a new userid, with name and 
email, and ask people to sign that one. Then, after you have collected some 
signatures, you may want to revoke the old userid. Personally, I'd just leave 
it and put it down as a lesson learned: think carefully when creating public 
keys (and userids).

-- vbi

featured product: PostgreSQL -
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: not available
Type: application/pgp-signature
Size: 331 bytes
Desc: signature
Url : /pipermail/attachments/20040209/55273c94/attachment.bin

More information about the Gnupg-users mailing list