Removing UIDs?

Robert J. Hansen rjh at
Tue Sep 16 02:58:36 CEST 2008

Chris De Young wrote:
> I have a UID on my key for an email address that I no longer use.  Is it
> generally considered good practice to remove that sort of thing when no longer
> current, or should I leave old UIDs in place?

Leave them in place, but revoke them.

E.g., I needed to revoke user IDs 3 and 4 on key 0x5B8709EB.  Thus, I:

gpg --edit-key 0x5B8709EB uid 3 revuid

Then you hit 'yes' at the prompt, explain the reason why you're revoking
it, enter your passphrase, and send your key up to the servers.

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