gpg keygen instructions are not clear

Bug #975026 reported by Damiön la Bagh
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Ubuntu Packaging Guide

Bug Description

It's contains some errors:
When generating the gpg --gen key the program gpg shows the format
name (company) <<email address hidden>)>
but the actual dialog is
Change N, E, C, Ok, Cancel:

When confirming they gpg key from the e-mail sent it states:
"If your email software does not support OpenPGP encryption, copy the encrypted email’s contents, type gpg in your terminal, then paste the email contents into your terminal window."

This is incorrect. It should state. Copy the message from
to a new file with the extension gpg

then on the command line type
gpg filename.gpg

this will then create a new file called
which will contain the contents of the e-mail.

if you paste the contents directly to the command line you just get a ton of syntax errors.

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Andrew Starr-Bochicchio (andrewsomething) wrote :

I guess this is an issue with gpg, not the packaging guide itself. Though it does seem that the output in precise is a bit more clear:

You need a user ID to identify your key; the software constructs the user ID
from the Real Name, Comment and Email Address in this form:
    "Heinrich Heine (Der Dichter) <email address hidden>"

Real name: Foo Bar
Email address: <email address hidden>
Comment: Baz
You selected this USER-ID:
    "Foo Bar (Baz) <email address hidden>"

Change (N)ame, (C)omment, (E)mail or (O)kay/(Q)uit?

Changed in ubuntu-packaging-guide:
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in ubuntu-packaging-guide:
assignee: nobody → Joseph (josephjamesmills)
Changed in ubuntu-packaging-guide:
status: Incomplete → In Progress
Changed in ubuntu-packaging-guide:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
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Andrew Starr-Bochicchio (andrewsomething) wrote :

Thanks for your interest in helping with the packaging guide! We use the status "Fix Committed" to mean that the change has landed in the trunk branch. Until then the status should stay as "In Progress."


Changed in ubuntu-packaging-guide:
status: Fix Committed → In Progress
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Joseph Mills (josephjamesmills) wrote :

Thanks For the information Andrew. Learning new things each day.

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Daniel Holbach (dholbach) wrote :

Is this still WIP?

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Damiön la Bagh (kat-amsterdam) wrote :

Nothing has been improved on the actual public url so yes this is still a WIP. I guess the fix is still hiding in the trunk somewhere.

How can I help to move it from the Trunk to the Live website?

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Daniel Holbach (dholbach) wrote :

No fix was committed. Trunk should always go to the live website in a matter of hours.

Changed in ubuntu-packaging-guide:
assignee: Joseph Mills (josephjamesmills) → nobody
status: In Progress → Triaged
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