Subkey revocation means losing signatures?

David Shaw dshaw at
Tue Oct 18 20:29:59 CEST 2005

On Tue, Oct 18, 2005 at 07:21:30PM +0200, Erwan David wrote:
> Le Tue 18/10/2005, David Shaw disait
> > On Tue, Oct 18, 2005 at 09:08:07AM +0200, Realos wrote:
> > > I am a bit confused about the gnupg behaviour in case of revoking a
> > > subkey or uid. Since uids are actually signed by others in combination
> > > my public key. 
> > > 
> > > Does it mean revoking a subkey or uid rsults in loss of signatures I
> > > have collected over the time? How to proceed in such a case?
> > 
> > Revoking a subkey loses nothing (except the subkey).  Revoking a user
> > ID loses any signatures on that user ID - after all, those people
> > signed that user ID, and by revoking it you say that you, the owner,
> > does not treat the user ID as valid any longer.  If you don't treat it
> > as valid, why should anyone else?
> But you can sign the new user Id with the old one saying "yes I'm
> the same person, only with a different address".

You're talking about adding a new user ID.  The original question was
regarding revoking an existing user ID.


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