Removing UIDs?

John Clizbe John at
Tue Sep 16 03:31:36 CEST 2008

Chris De Young wrote:
> Hello,
> 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?

It won't do any good to try to delete them if the key is on a keyserver.
Your deleting an ID also does nothing to copies of your key your correspondents
may have on their key rings.

Your best bet is to just revoke the old ID. That will let folks know that it is
no longer valid.

John P. Clizbe                      Inet:John (a)
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