keys require a user-id

Stefan Claas sac at
Fri May 15 18:16:06 CEST 2020

Robert J. Hansen wrote:
> > 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.
> It is not the job of the command-line interface to teach users the
> subtleties and nuances of OpenPGP.  If users want to know the many
> different ways GnuPG can be used they need to read the documentation.
> If you think this use-case is important enough it should go in the
> manpage or FAQ, let's discuss that.  But the command-line user
> interface is the wrong place to be teaching people about unusual use
> cases.

We now have the situation that either parents or teachers, etc. can
choose between a software which allows UID-less public key generation,
for their minors / students, themselves, or a software which does not
accept this and has no guidelines for free-form UIDs in their FAQ / man
page, nor an equal treatment in the standard key generation process.


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