This IS about GD - a proposal on dealing with the problem

Bob Henson bob.henson at
Sat Sep 10 10:30:45 CEST 2005

David Shaw wrote:

>> Also, these are not "junk" signatures.  They have semantic meaning,
>> and are used by many people.  Please clarify what makes a signature a
>> "junk" signature.  I'd like to understand why you classify them that
>> way.

Put it the other way round - what useful purpose do they serve? I haven't
seen one yet, ergo they are junk. I don't even like the added signatures
when a key is edited, unless it is that particular signature that is edited
I would prefer to see the original signature date. Cleaning the key removes
the older ones, instead of the junk ones.

>> Why the outrage?  I really don't understand why people are so hopping
>> mad about this.  Turn on "import-clean" in your gpg.conf and you'll
>> never see more than one GD signature at a time.

It may do with the nightly builds, but it doesn't yet work on the release
version of GPG.

Sadly, I doubt PGP corporation would take any notice of a petition - they
don't even listen to and reply their paid subscribers comments, never mind
those that don't use PGP.



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