choosing an encryption target from a User ID

John Clizbe John at
Tue Sep 22 21:40:14 CEST 2009

Daniel Kahn Gillmor wrote:
> when encrypting messages to a user ID with multiple matching keys with
> full calculated validity, gpg seems to just choose the "first" matching
> key, for some definition of "first" -- i think it's decided by
> chronological age of first import into the local keyring.

IIRC, it's the first usable key with a matching User ID. Period. First one it
can use.

PS: Would you touch the membership file on
ISP DHCPed a new IP when I replaced a dead router over the weekend.

John P. Clizbe                      Inet:John (a)
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A:"An odd melody / island voices on the winds / surplus of vowels"

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