Does a secret key need to be signed?

Kurt Fitzner kfitzner at
Tue Jan 17 09:32:54 CET 2006

I recently exported my key pair from GnuPG and imported it into PGP in
order to get the user ids balanced between my public and secret keys.
When I pulled the key pair back into GnuPG, I noticed that my secret key
is now much smaller.  I did a --list-packets and found that the secret
key is missing self-signatures.

My question is, does a secret key actually need to be signed?


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