Delete key from keyserver
kuestner at macnews.de
Sun Oct 23 21:48:36 CEST 2005
>> Am I missing something?
> The web of trust. (And the documentation, apparently.)
Okay. I got that by now. I think the problem was that MacGPG makes it
really easy to get started with GPG:
There's a plug-in that integrates nicely with Apple's Mail. And the
Keychain Assistant let's you do all the key creation and uploading
things easily. That's great. That's a start to get people actually
But then unlike the command line tools the software does not
recommend to make a backup copy of your private key. It does not
recommend to make a hard copy of your key. It does not recommend to
create a revocation certificate. It also does not explain that
downloading a public server means that this key can be trusted. That
of course is a not so good start to get people actually using GPG.
In my case, there was also a bug: When I tried to delete a key I
didn't want, up came a cryptic error message. So after a while since
I had just been playing around after all, I thought I just delete my
keychain and start from scratch. Did that twice actually for the same
reason. And that's how I lost those private keys.
Anyway, regarding MacGPG, it's a great software even at 0.3.x. I can
only commend the creators for the effort they have put into it so
far. Now to prevent that others get bitten like I was I will suggest
to the authors that they will build recommended practices into the
software. So after creating a key it could prompt the user to export
a copy, print a hard copy and create a revocation certificate. The
deletion error could be fixed, and before deleting a key, the
software could warn of the implications and advice to create a backup
copy first somewhere else. Before uploading to a server it could
explain the implications of that. And before downloading a key it
could again explain some more of the meaning.
> P.S.: A slightly less inflammatory tone would not have harmed either.
You're absolutely right. It wasn't meant to be inflammatory, nor was
I in an angry mood or something. I was trying to be straight-forward
with my reasoning. But after rereading my post when it came back I
bit my lip and felt offended by my own words. Ouch!
So, please, if somebody took offense at my post, it really was not
meant like that. My apologies.
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