HKP Server Question

Patrick Brunschwig patrick.brunschwig at
Tue Jun 8 21:27:47 CEST 2004

I'm looking into the HKP protocol to find out how I could best implement
a key searching function in Enigmail. My main reasons are that the
frontend offered by gpg would need an unnecessarily complex
implementation from my side, and that Mozilla obviously can easily use
HTTP, and can also traverse proxies where you need user authentication.

I have found some drafts of a proposed HKP standard by David, and I have
tried a couple of  keyservers to see their output. It seems to me that
even though many keyservers support the "options=mr" flag, the output
can be quite different (e.g. concerning revoked keys). My question now
is: does gpg parse the human readable code and try to interpret it, or
does it use the machine readable format? And is there some documentation
available on how gpg interprets the output? I would like to implement
this as simliarly as possible.

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