gpgme: retrieving a key with its signatures takes a long time

Folkert van Heusden folkert at
Wed Jun 22 14:01:13 CEST 2005


Can someone explain me why it takes such a (relatively) long time to
retrieve a key with it's signatures from a (public) keyring? Did a
little profiling and found out that aprox 90% of the cpu-time was
used for math-operations (that large number library). Are the signatures
also checked for validity or so? If so: can I disable this check?
I'm writing a keyring statistics program for keyserver-keyrings and
with such large keyrings (2.8 milion keys) all this match makes things
to slow (it would take months to process on a 1GHz P3).

Folkert van Heusden

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