keys require a user-id

Ingo Klöcker kloecker at
Fri May 15 14:35:44 CEST 2020

On Freitag, 15. Mai 2020 13:29:31 CEST Stefan Claas wrote:
> What I don't understand is why you are not liking the idea to allow
> GnuPG to automatically import and process UID-less public key blocks,
> if people who trust the GnuPG brand ask for this?

Because in GnuPG the validity of keys is bound to validity and owner trust of 
UIDs. No UID -> invalid key. Why do you want to be able to import a key in 
GnuPG that would be utterly unusable?

> GnuPG always asks IIRC new users for their Name and email address
> and does not tell them in advance that they can use a free form UID,
> without an email address, thus being able to use a key for multiple
> accounts or purposes, without adding additional UIDs.

To cite Robert J. Hansen:
"Unless you know what you're doing and why, use the defaults."

Consequently, it's a good thing that GnuPG, by default, doesn't bother new 
users with difficult decisions.


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