[Wolves] Please sign my GPG key

Alex Willmer alex at moreati.org.uk
Tue Mar 13 19:59:07 GMT 2007

On Tue, 2007-03-13 at 15:22 +0000, Dave Foster wrote: 
> how do you set this up then?
> Dave.

There are 2 steps, the first is to install GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) &
create your key pair. You'll likely find gpg is already installed, use
'gpg --version' to verify this.

     1. Next create a key pair, use 'gpg --gen-key'. 
     2. You'll be prompted to choose the type of key, the key length & a
        validity period for your key. I suggest accepting the defaults. 
     3. Enter your name, email address and an optional comment (eg your
        job title). 
     4. Choose and enter a pass-phrase. It is critical you choose a
        strong pass-phrase, it is what keeps your private key private.
        It is also critical that you remember it, there is no second
        chance if you forget your pass-phrase. 
     5. Finally, GPG will generate a random key. To speed it along
        waggle the mouse vigorously, really!

For more information, see:


Once you have your key pair, your ready to come to a key signing party.
Alan Pope linked to a good description of key signing:


The critical part for now is:

     1. Printout multiple slips with your key fingerprint. To obtain
        your key fingerprint use 'gpg --fingerprint' 
     2. Bring the slips and your passport or photo driver's license

Regards, Alex
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