Modifying an uid, can it be done?

Erwan David erwan at
Mon Oct 17 20:09:25 CEST 2005

Le Mon 17/10/2005, Ismael Valladolid Torres disait

> Looks like it would be enough deleting uid 1 and setting uid 2 and
> primary, then it would "look like" I had edited the first uid. However
> in that case I lose the "ultimate" tag to the left of the primary key.
> What does this tag mean here? Which way to have this tag for the new
> uids created?

You cannot modify uids (they are signed, if you change them, you break them).
However you can add the new uid, revoke the old one and change the "default" uid with gpg --edit-key


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