There are actually two public keys?

David Shaw dshaw at
Wed May 20 02:19:17 CEST 2009

On May 19, 2009, at 1:46 PM, James P. Howard, II wrote:

>>> And on a divergent note, using the black
>>> magic described elsewhere[1], is it bad to convert a subkey into a
>>> primary key and use it to sign others?
>> To do this, you have to have the key in primary key form in the  
>> (local)
>> web of trust.  If you don't, then the signatures won't be used.
> Well, I did succeed in doing it last night as a test.  So I guess the
> bigger question, is it poor etiquette?

I wouldn't think so.  The rest of the world will likely never even  
notice that you're doing it, and the only person who you can really  
hurt here is yourself.  At worst, you'd be denying other people the  
use of some key signatures that you made.


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