GPG Keychain: Remove obsolete entries in KEY SERVER

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15 Jan, 2024 06:34 AM


is there a way of deleting, removing, ... obsolete entries on the GPG KEY SERVER? I personally have changed my e-mail address a couple of times over the past several decades, but kept the same GPG Key. Hence there are several entries, some of them obsolete.

How can one remove unwanted / obsolete entries?

Thank you,

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 15 Jan, 2024 06:15 PM

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    Hi JPC,

    while you can revoke user IDs in your key you can also delete them from the key.

    This KB-article explains how to revoke a user ID. Make sure to upload the changed key to the key server, so that its new state is reflected there as well.

    To delete a user ID double click you sec/pub key in GPG Keychain, open the user ID tab and right click the user ID you want to remove and then select Remove.

    We don't generally recommend deleting revoked user IDs. Since the old version of your public key is already out there the connection between those emails to one identity can already be made and revoked user IDs cannot be used anyways. Also once the updated key is on the server, a search for one of the revoked user ID will not show any search result.

    After uploading the updated key the change will be reflected on (KOO).

    Let me know if this answers your question.


  2. Steve closed this discussion on 29 Feb, 2024 11:51 PM.

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