multiple self signatures
dshaw at jabberwocky.com
Sat Feb 28 16:24:19 CET 2004
On Sat, Feb 28, 2004 at 04:12:04PM -0500, Atom 'Smasher' wrote:
> > I am seeing on my key multiple self signatures after I do any editing
> > to my key. They are all " sig 3 ".
> > I am useing version " 1.2.4 ", on a windows 2KP system. Is there a
> > reason for this. I am not asked if I wish to sign my own key. I have
> > just started to do editing on my GPG key for the first time.
> > Can I, or should I remove them. If so which one.
> i noticed this myself, after updating my cipher preferences and adding
> bzip2 to my compression prefs.
> i'm sure someone will correct me if i'm wrong, but my observation is this:
> if i update my preferences, i create a new signature (which
> validates those prefs along with the key associated with them). it
> seems that gpg has enough smarts to *replace* my old signature(s)
> with my new signature(s), so when i'm done editing the key i still
> have one signature per key element (UID, subkey, etc). (when
> updating prefs, we're dealing with the signature on the UID)
> now, if i go and import an old copy of my key, or someone imports my
> new key on top of their old copy of my key, gpg will (of course)
> combine all of the signatures that it can find for the key... this
> creates multiple self-signatures.
> these extra self signatures shouldn't cause any harm, but
> nonetheless i don't like them. if you want to get rid of them, you
> can run "--edit-key"... then "check" will list the signatures and
> the dates... then you can do "delsig" and go through the list of
> signatures, deleting the ones you don't want.
Exactly a third time, but note that if you ever refresh your key from
the keyserver, the extra sigs will come back.
> (is there any documentation of "delsig"? i didn't see it in the man page
> that came with 1.2.4)
Oops. It'll be in 1.2.5.
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