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How to create a signing key from gpg December 19, 2007

Posted by sandakith in linux, Open Source, Tooling.

First step

gpg – -gen-key

accept defaults except the keysize(as your level of expectations) and of cause your name and email address

when generating the key if the generator complains that there is not enough CPU work currently being executed to generate enough entropy, generate some events in your OS and do some work (Example : execute a heavy program for example like build a project from source).

Next Step : After the key generation upload the key to a key server, with gpg – -send-keys XXXXXXX

where XXXXXXXX will be the secoend part of your generated key that will be displayed above. Ex XXXXX/XXXXXXXX

Finally the most important next step is to backup the generated key (located in .gnuppg) in a safe and trusted way (You can not loose your private key), this is your decision 🙂



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