Multiple signatures

David Shaw dshaw at
Fri Jun 18 15:25:44 CEST 2010

> On Jun 17, 2010, at 11:33 PM, Boris wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I would like to know if there is a way to add multiple signatures for a file (in a separate file) and check who signed with just one command (so not by signing a signed file...).
> Sure.
>   gpg -u signer_1 -u signer_2 -u signer_3 --detach-sign file-to-sign
> You'll end up with a file-to-sign.sig that contains all three signatures.  When you verify file-to-sign.sig, all three signatures will be checked.
> Alternately, you can do the same "multiple signer" trick with regular --sign if you want the data and signatures to be put together into a single file.

On Jun 18, 2010, at 9:14 AM, Boris wrote:

> Ok, Thanks David,
> But what if the file is signed by people working on different computers?
> So they will had their signature on the current separate file (correesponding to the people who already signed a specific file).

If you want a bunch of people all signing the same file, have each signer do this:

gpg -u signer-X -o signer-X-signature --detach-sign file-to-sign

Then have them all send you their "file-to-sign.sig" files.  You create a file containing all of them:

cat signer-1-signature signer-2-signature signer-3-signature > file-to-sign.sig

Then anyone can verify file-to-sign.sig against the original file-to-sign and see all the signatures verified.


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