How to use preferred keyservers
malte.gell at gmx.de
Mon May 31 19:28:16 CEST 2004
On Monday 31 May 2004 03:38, David Shaw wrote:
> So now that 1.3.6 is out and people are playing with it, here's some
> info on preferred keyservers. There are actually two uses for
> preferred keyservers, but I'll cover the second use in a later mail.
> Remember that preferred keyservers is a new feature in 1.3.6. It
> does not exist in 1.2.x.
> The main idea behind preferred keyservers is that the key owner is
> often the best person to decide how their key is distributed. They
> thus set a preferred keyserver on the key, and anyone who wants to
> refresh the key can get it from there automatically. Obviously,
> since the preferred keyserver lives on the key itself, it doesn't
> help anyone get the key for the first time (it's a
> chicken-and-the-egg problem).
This is really a nice feature, but can't it be expanded to fetching a
key for the first time? With something like
"gpg --keyserver http://homepage.foo/key.asc --recv-key 0x123456" ?
I just saw that --list-options show-keyserver-urls works only together
with --list-sigs, is this correct? Why not show such things as well
with --list-key if someone only wants to see such information and not
the whole list of signatures?
IIRC the same applies as well to things like show-policy-url or
notations which need --list-sigs and don't work with --list-key.
PS, gpg 1.3.6 really has some nice new features!
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