Can't add User ID to existing Key

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07 Nov, 2014 02:58 AM

After locating and importing my key into the GPG Keychain application, I've navigated to the User IDs pane of the Details view. The "+" button used to add another ID is greyed-out restricting my ability to add a secondary User ID. Is this working as intended and I've overlooked something, or is this a bug with the current b1 release?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 07 Nov, 2014 08:56 PM

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    Hi Zach,

    what do you mean with "after locating my key"? Did you transfer your keys?

    This sounds like you maybe only exported the public key. What type to you see in GPG Keychain for the imported key? You can not add UserIDs to public keys, so the behavior then would be expected.

    All the best,

  2. 2 Posted by Zachary Davis on 07 Nov, 2014 09:22 PM

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    Hi Steve,

    You’re absolutely right. I had located my my existing public key rather than transferring my private/public key pair to my new computer. Apologies for the confusion, and thanks for following up. I will mention that I am getting the recurring message indicating that GPG Mail has expired and clicking “Okay” causes the Mail application to quit. However, I believe this has already been reported, and you’re probably already aware of this issue—just sharing my experience. Thanks!

    Best Regards


  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Steve on 07 Nov, 2014 09:24 PM

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    Zach, sounds like you know how to correct your mistake and transfere sec/pub keys or your entire keyring to your new machine. Great!

    As for the issue: yes, that's a bug we are very aware of. It is being investigated and we'll update, as soon as we have a solution available.

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Steve on 10 Nov, 2014 09:35 PM

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    Hi everybody,

    we'd like to apologize again for this annoyance.
    We've managed to fix this really stupid bug and have a new test build for you.

    It would be great if some of you could install the new build and let us know if this fixes the problem as it should.

    To test, please follow these steps:

    1. Download the new GPGMail version:
      GPG Signature can be found at:

    2. Simply run the installer (no need to uninstall it first)
      (Should you have uninstalled GPG Suite in the meantime, please re-run the Yosemite-Beta1 installer and after that, install this new GPGMail version)

    3. Open -> Preferences -> GPGMail and make sure you're seeing build 790b

    4. Let us know if everything works as expected now.


  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Steve on 21 Dec, 2014 12:28 PM

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    GPG Suite has reached beta 3 and is ready for testing from our homepage:

    All the best,

  6. Steve closed this discussion on 21 Dec, 2014 12:28 PM.

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