Multiple uid's vs. multiple primary keys & "master signing keys"

David Koppenhofer david at
Wed Jun 25 04:55:26 CEST 2008

On Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 4:23 PM, David Shaw <dshaw at> wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 03:28:44PM -0400, David Koppenhofer wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> I'm a potential new gpg user, and have been struggling with a few
>> questions about how uid's and keys should be configured.e.
>> ...
> It's handy to make a distinction between your work and personal life,
> and for many or even most people, their personal "identity" is a lot
> longer lived than their work "identity".  People keep the same
> personal address for years, but don't as often keep the same job (and
> thus job address) for that long.
> Personally, I do this with two keys.  One personal, and one work.  I
> don't really get the work one signed, as people who want to reach me
> generally do so in my personal context (I do FOSS work, but I do it
> under my personal address as I've found that many people just send
> mail to personal addresses even there is a special address for FOSS
> stuff).

Thanks for the quick and helpful reply.  It's good to know that I
wasn't out in left field with my understanding of gnupg. :-)  Now, I
can make some decisions on how to proceed.


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