Changing the email address of a key

Richi Lists ricul77 at
Fri Sep 7 15:15:41 CEST 2012

That worked.
Thanks a lot!


On Do, 2012-08-30 at 10:48 +0200, Peter Lebbing wrote:
> On 30/08/12 10:25, Richi Lists wrote:
> > Using the primary key was what I tried first. But when I saw the error
> > message "signing failed", I thought I'd have to force the proper signing
> > subkey, like I have to do for signing emails.
> > 
> > My setup is more or less the following:
> >
> > with the addition of a sub key for ssh authentication:
> > -> section "with
> > smartcard (openpgp)"
> The thing is that for a new UID, you need the, what they call, master key. That
> would be the primary key. So when you followed the instructions under the
> heading "Remove the master key from the keyring", you where after that unable to
> use your master/primary key to create a new UID.
> So you go back a little in the document to the part where you had your USB stick
> with the primary key and all subkeys guarded by Orcs or some other fearsome
> creature. Plead with the creature to have your USB stick back, once again follow
> the section "Go offline", import your primary key from the USB stick (wipe away
> the Orc spittle before inserting; ignore the chew marks on the protective cap).
> After you have created the new UID with the primary key and exported the whole
> to the USB stick, re-remove the primary key from the system.
> Oh, by the way, the reason you need the exclamation mark to specify which key to
> use to sign is because you have two signing keys. Apparently GnuPG tries it with
> the one you don't have the secret part for if you don't give the exclamation
> mark. But bear in mind the difference between a signature on a key(/UID) and on
> data. The signing subkey is for signatures on data.
> Good luck,
> Peter.

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