Reviving a userid with revoked key

Kristian Fiskerstrand kristian.fiskerstrand at
Fri May 19 21:58:34 CEST 2017

On 05/19/2017 08:36 PM, Marc Curry wrote:
> Maybe a dumb question, but I'm looking for help thinking through how to
> best "revive" an old gpg key's userid after I revoked it a few years ago,
> thinking I wouldn't need to use it, again.
> 1) was at a company (e.g. marc at
> 2) went to company-b and revoked key for marc at company-a
> 3) now I'm back at company-a, and want to start using marc at
> userid again

Nothing wrong with that, just add a new user id using adduid from
--edit-key, it wont have the old signatures from other users, those got
lost at the revocation point, but your new contacts can sign the new UID
without issue.

Deleting the old UID will have no practical effect if it has been
distributed to a keyserver historically.

Kristian Fiskerstrand
Twitter: @krifisk
Public OpenPGP keyblock at hkp://
fpr:94CB AFDD 3034 5109 5618 35AA 0B7F 8B60 E3ED FAE3
"If you choose to sail upon the seas of banking, build your bank as you
would your boat, with the strength to sail safely through any storm."
(Jacob Safra (1891–1963))

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