skytreader skytreader - 1 month ago 8x
Git Question

Generating a GPG key for git tagging

I'm trying to create signed tags in GitHub using the git command line. I generated a GPG key with a (sample) username

Full Name (skytreader) <>
. Having done that, I try to create a signed tag. However I get the following error:

gpg: skipped "full <>": secret key not available
gpg: signing failed: secret key not available
error: gpg failed to sign the data
error: unable to sign the tag

I figure that I just need to create another key with the indicated username. But then, entering the name "full",
complains that my name should be at least 5 characters long.

How do I use this key with git?

Do I change the username git uses for signing my tags with GPG so that I get a real name at least 5 chars long?


The committer name is located in your ~/.gitconfig file. Change that entry to a real name (which is how you want to be committing, anyway). You can edit the file in your favorite editor, or just issue:

git config --global "<name>"