key generation: email-address necessary?

Martin Bretschneider mailing-lists-mmvi at
Sat Feb 27 11:50:13 CET 2010

Am Samstag 27 Februar 2010 schrieb Laurent Jumet:

Hi Laurent,

> Martin Bretschneider <mailing-lists-mmvi at> wrote:
> > I want to recreate my GnuPG keys. My question is if I can omit the
> > email address? Since I do not want my email addresses to appear on
> > the keyservers because of spammers and so on. I only want to put my
> > name and maybe my toplevel domain in the comment field.
> > Is the some kind of problem with this behavoir? Can email clients
> > find out what key to use if there is no known email address?
> > What do you think?
>     You can use whatever you want to identify your key.
>     But in some cases, mail programs expect to find your e-mail.

that was my expectation as well. But what do the email clients do then? 
Do they say "no key available" or do the look for the name? What are 
your experiences?

TIA  Martin
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