[svn] GnuPG - r3867 - trunk/keyserver

Jason Harris jharris at widomaker.com
Fri Aug 19 03:32:23 CEST 2005

On Thu, Aug 18, 2005 at 08:47:07PM -0400, David Shaw wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 18, 2005 at 06:33:31PM -0400, Jason Harris wrote:

> > I see.  So you'll be adding "--keyserver-options exact-full-userid"
> > and "exact-partial-userid" next, then?
> No.  I don't think they're useful, and keyservers don't support them
> uniformly anyway, so the point is moot.

Keyservers (HKP) only support exact and not exact, it is only when
one adds " <" and/or ">" to a search that it is "limited" to outside
and/or a full match of the email address.

> > Wouldn't it be easier just to apply the notation that GPG already
> > understands/documents for --list-keys et. al. to --search
> > (from gpg.1):
> Not a bad idea, though keyservers can't all handle this fully.

LDAP?  (pks and SKS can, AFAIK.)

> Jason, it would be really helpful if we could dispense with the
> traditional suggestion method you use.  This isn't the first time, and
> it's wasting both our time.  Generally, they go like this (pardon the
> paraphrase):
> Jason: This sucks.  Change it.  (Without saying what, exactly, is
>        bothering you.)
> David: No. (Irritated because he's again replying to noise without an
>        actual suggestion).
> Jason: Sarcastic comment.  (Pause) Useful suggestion.

No sarcasm was intended.  Really, you've already got two of the four
ways (HKP) keyservers can be asked to do exact searches; I'm just
advocating that all four be supported.

> Can we cut straight to the "Useful suggestion" part?

I thought initially that the " <" was wrong.  Nothing more, nothing less.
Not allowing spaces in email addresses already seems to preclude finding
exact matches for "David M. Shaw" inside email addresses, TTBOMK, hence
my initial reaction.  Again, no sarcasm was (or is) intended.

Jason Harris           |  NIC:  JH329, PGP:  This _is_ PGP-signed, isn't it?
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