gnupg: request for small change in output

Michael H. Warfield mhw at
Mon Oct 6 02:18:02 CEST 2003

On Sat, Oct 04, 2003 at 09:48:18AM -0400, David Shaw wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 04, 2003 at 07:13:05AM -0400, Jeff McAdams wrote:
> > 8 digits of 0-9/A-F is not a reliable indication of a key ID (maybe
> > within gpg it is, but not in the overall), because that includes the
> > possibility of 8 digits of just 0-9, which could be a decimal number,
> > not hexidecimal, or 8 digits of 0-7, which could be an octal number, not
> > hexadecimal.

> I am unconcerned about the various possible sequences and meanings of
> 8 digits in the outside world because in our particular problem space
> (PGP, GnuPG, and keyservers), 8 digits of 0-9/A-F means keyid.


	True, this one is problematical, anyways...

[mhw at canyon mhw]$ gpg -kv deadbeef
pub  1024D/DEADBEEF 2001-01-21 Preston Wilson <pres at>
uid                            Imad R. Faiad
sub  2048g/27D72110 2001-06-24

pub  1024R/DEADBEEF 1995-09-28 Prime Rib Lovers

pub  2048R/DEADBEEF 1999-08-03 Imad R. Faiad

[mhw at canyon mhw]$ gpg --search deadbeef
gpg: searching for "deadbeef" from HKP server
Keys 1-4 of 4 for "deadbeef"
(1)	Murray Hayes <hayes at>
	  1024 bit DSA key B18DA7CA, created 2003-07-27
(2)	Gary Pennington (DeadBeef) <Gary.Pennington at>
	  1024 bit DSA key 601B0602, created 2002-06-24
(3)	Dead Beef (beef) <deadbeef at>
	  1024 bit DSA key BCEB57FC, created 2002-04-08
(4)	Waldo X <deadbeef at>
	  1024 bit DSA key E8359D5B, created 2000-09-08

	No WAY to win on that one.  :-)  Multiple hits no matter what
your interpretation is!

> David

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