DeveloperWiki:Managing the Master Key

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Prepare your Smartcard

Install the ccid package and start the pcscd daemon. Insert your smartcard reader and check the output of gpg --card-status

Creating the master key

Run gpg --card-edit. Type in admin to enabled administration functions. All available commands can now be listed by issuing the help command.

To create a new key pair just type in generate. Create a 3072 bits key and enter your data according to this example:

Real name: Pierre Schmitz
Email address:
Comment: Arch Linux Master Key

Confirm that your USER-ID looks like "Pierre Schmitz (Arch Linux Master Key) <>". Generating the key will take some time.

Signing the master key

Revoking a master key

Signing developer keys

Revoking developer keys