Seeking clarification with a few GPG concepts

pzeudo at pzeudo at
Wed Aug 13 13:30:42 CEST 2014

Thanks for your helpful answers, Hauke and Peter!

I have a followup question, if you don't mind:
How much history is saved in a gpg key?

Say, for example, I have a gpg key with uid1 associated, and I publish that. Then, I add uid2, but before handing out my updated gpg key to anybody, I decide to do things differently, e.g. change the comment or email in uid2, or remove uid2 altogether. Maybe I add a subordinate key only to remove it afterwards, say, because I consider it to be too weak after all.
After these operations, I publish my key again. Can other people see the full history of what I did in the meantime, or do they just see what I ended up with? If parts of the history can be retrieved, what would I have to do to see what's saved?

Thanks again!

On 8/13/2014 at 1:19 PM, "Hauke Laging" <mailinglisten at> wrote:
>Am Mi 13.08.2014, 12:23:24 schrieb Peter Lebbing:
>> > Can she add a new UID of the same name "Alice 
><uid2 at>" to
>> > her gpg key again?
>> I'm pretty sure that, yes, you can.
>Give it a try...
>> practice, you'll usually see that it will be encrypted to the 
>> created non-expired key.
>Not the last created but the last self-signed one (may differ e.g. 
>Crypto für alle: http://www.openpgp-
>OpenPGP: 7D82 FB9F D25A 2CE4 5241 6C37 BF4B 8EEF 1A57 1DF5

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