Problem removing a public key whose private key is gone

Atom Smasher atom at
Mon Mar 13 13:58:20 CET 2006

On Mon, 13 Mar 2006, Neil Williams wrote:

> Werner et al. :
> Maybe it's time that --send-key checks if the key to be sent has a 
> secret key in the secret keyring and if it does, prompts the user about 
> a revocation certificate BEFORE allowing the key to be sent?

how many noobs upload new keys on the command-line? how many use "-a 
--export" and then copy-n-paste into a web interface?

if more noobs opt for the former, your idea would spare the world of some 
useless keys. i suspect that more noobs opt for the latter, in which case 
the idea wouldn't help much.

maybe there needs to be a sandbox keyserver where users can upload keys 
for practice, but it purges itself of keys >1 year old and doesn't sync 
with "real" keyservers. if such a keyserver existed, it should probably be 
the default keyserver in the preferences.


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