REMINDER: Bay Area Debian Get-Together and Key-Signing Party
12 Jun 2001 18:47:06 -0700
This is just to remind everyone that I need their GPG keys before noon
Also, I'd appreciate it if people could forward the announcement to
other Bay Area Linux groups, if appropriate.
BAY AREA DEBIAN GET-TOGETHER AND KEY-SIGNING PARTY
Wednesday, 13 Jun 2001, 7:30PM
Harrington's Bar and Grill, 245 Front Street, San Francisco, CA
Debian developers and Debian aficionados will converge on the fabulous
Harrington's in downtown San Francisco for fine times, lively
discussion, and mutual identification.
Harrington's is only a few blocks from the Caltrain station at 4th and
Townsend as well as inches away from the Montgomery Street BART
station, making it centrally located for Debianista
goodness. Harrington's has burgers, beer, and other good stuff. There
are vegetarian entrees and non-alcoholic beverages (although the
coffee is only so-so). Minors are allowed and encouraged. There are
We'll be trying to get the semi-official business of key-signing out
of the way early (before 8:30PM), so that Cinderellas can get back to
their public transportation pumpkins and get their beauty
sleep. Therefore, please try and be on time or close to it if you're
going to be participating in the key-signing.
I'll have a sign out with the letters "B A D" on it, so you can know
who to approach if you've never met another Debianite in meatspace or
if you have poor facial-recognition software.
THE KEY-SIGNING PART
If you've never participated in a key-signing party before, it's pretty
fun, and it can really expand your Web of Trust. Also, signed keys are
required for New Maintainers, so NM candidates should definitely make
I'll be co-ordinating the key-signing. If you have a GnuPG key that you
want signed, please send it to my address (email@example.com) before 13
Jun 12:00PM, so I can add it to the keyring to sign.
OK, so, here are the steps for a key-signing party.
BEFORE THE PARTY
0. Generate a GnuPG public key, if you don't already have one. To
understand a little more about GnuPG, please try to skim the GnuPG
privacy handbook, available at
after an "apt-get install gnupg-doc", or on the Web at:
1. Send your key to the key-signing party organizer. You can get your
public key out of your keyring by doing a command like this:
gpg --export --armor "firstname.lastname@example.org" > yourname.asc
Then, email yourname.asc to the organizer (email@example.com).
Please, don't encrypt the mail you send to the organizer.
2. Print out a copy of your key fingerprint. This is for you to carry
around. You can get a copy of your key fingerprint by doing this:
gpg --fingerprint "firstname.lastname@example.org" > yourname.fp
...and then print yourname.fp out.
3. Make sure you have valid ID, like a passport or driver's license,
that has the same name as on your key.
AT THE PARTY
0. Get a copy of the keyring printout from the organizer.
1. For as many people as you can, do identification (see
below). (We'll probably have a semi-formal, around-the-room session
to do mass identification, which I'll explain at the event. It
worked pretty well last time.)
2. Meet people and have fun.
Here are the steps that happen when Alice is going to identify Bob.
Alice needs: keyring printout, pencil or pen.
Bob needs: fingerprint printout, ID.
0. Bob presents a picture ID, such as a driver's license or passport.
1. Alice marks on her keyring printout a single check next to Bob's
name, to indicate "identified."
2. Bob reads his fingerprint printout to Alice. Alice follows along
on her keyring printout.
3. If the fingerprint that Bob reads matches the fingerprint Alice has
on her printout, she makes a second check, indicating "fingerprint
Of course, it's nice if they then switch roles, and Bob identifies
AFTER THE PARTY
0. Key signers download the party keyring from the URL I'll publish.
1. For each name on their keyring printout that has two checks
(identified, fingerprint matches), sign that key in the
keyring. For Alice to sign Bob's key, she would do a command like
gpg --keyring /path/to/downloaded-keyring.gpg --sign-key "Bob" --local-user "Alice"
Remember, keep the keyring separate.
(Also, please don't sign keys of people you did not personally
identify. If you don't take this process seriously, you are a weak
link in the Web of Trust. If I see that you signed the key of
someone who wasn't at the event, I won't sign -your- key, and I'll
suggest that others don't, either.)
2. Once all the signatures have been added, send your copy of the
keyring back to the organizer (email@example.com). This copy will now
have all your signatures in it. Please return your signatures
within one week (by 20 Jun 2001).
3. The organizer will combine all the signatures together, and make
the new, merged keyring available for download. You can download
this file and then use
gpg --import /path/to/second/downloaded-keyring.gpg
To import all the keys with new signatures on them. Debian
members are encouraged to submit their new signatures to the key