Seeking clarification with a few GPG concepts

David Shaw dshaw at
Wed Aug 13 23:51:19 CEST 2014

On Aug 13, 2014, at 8:22 AM, Peter Lebbing <peter at> wrote:

> It is precisely as you said, GnuPG does allow reinstigating a revoked
> UID. However, there is a slight hitch in the UI that means you can't do
> it completely straight-forwardly. You need to delete the offending UID
> before re-adding it, but other than that, it works, and the
> certifications are even carried over.

Try this:

  gpg2 --expert -u (thekey) --edit-key (thekey)
     Select the uid you want to un-revoke
     You'll get a prompt like "XXXX was already signed by key YYYYY.  Do you want to sign it again anyway?".  Say "yes".


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