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David Shaw dshaw at
Mon Nov 7 16:24:24 CET 2005

On Tue, Nov 08, 2005 at 01:39:17AM +1030, Alphax wrote:

> 1. I have a cvs version of 1.4.3, how do I issue backsigs?

Backsigs are part of a signing subkey.  You don't generally need to
issue them, since they are generated automatically when you make a
signing subkey.  If you have an older key with one or more signing
subkeys and want to add backsigs to it, do 'gpg --edit-key (thekey)'
and use the 'backsign' command.

> 2. How can I move some subkeys from one key to another, where the key I
> want to move them too currently has NO subkeys?

Moving subkeys around is not supported in GnuPG.  You can follow the
steps in if you want to do
it manually.

There are generally few reasons to move subkeys from one key to
another.  Usually a better answer is to just make another one -
subkeys are cheap.


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