adding a new email to a key

Sebastien Chassot sinux at
Wed Jan 30 13:54:55 CET 2008

On Tue, 2008-01-29 at 18:29 -0500, Paul Cartwright wrote:
> On Tue January 29 2008, you wrote:
> > I understand what you're saying, but I don't see the problem.  If you
> > want to add another user ID (what people usually mean when they say "add
> > another email address"), then you add another user ID.  Apparently from
> > your message, you can add user IDs just fine--so where's the problem?
> >
> > By default, GnuPG will always make a newly-created user ID the primary
> > user ID.  However, this really shouldn't matter to you--what matters
> > most is that the user IDs you want listed on your key are on your key.
> I guess it is more a perception problem than an issue then. My concern was 
> that my original key, the primary email address was changed. Both email 
> addresses were still in the key, so I guess it isn't a problem so much as an 
> aesthetic issue. Now I'll go back and add the UID for the second email,
> thanks for clarifying!

I had same confusion at beginning. I wanted have one private key and two
separate identities (one personal and one for work.) There is no sens
with that. The private key is your identity. You can have several email
but you're always "you" ;)  Having more that one email address mean
somebody know,trust and sign uid+email#1 and someone else know,trust and
sign uid+email#2 but not necessary uid+email#1.

One uid can have several "web of trust" (identified by email address)
and they're all listed in public key.

You can generate two key-pair (I don't now if it's a good idea?).One
uid#1+email#2 and one uid#3+email#4 that's two identities, two public
key,... much work, much problems, no sens(!?)...



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