Odd keyserver problem
albrecht.dress at arcor.de
Sun Dec 3 15:34:26 CET 2006
Am 03.12.06 14:46 schrieb(en) Marcus Brinkmann:
> At Sun, 3 Dec 2006 00:33:52 -0500,
> David Shaw wrote:
> > > Generally when knowing the key ID you'd just use gpg --recv-key
> > > 0x7108E308 though.
> > This is true, but nevertheless people sometimes do --search-key on a
> > key ID (I'm not really sure why). I have fixed this to work again for
> > the next release.
This syntax was used in a /very/ old (dated 2001) and /very/ dumb script
which I didn't use that often, and which simply stopped working at some
point... I am not sure where it came from, but iirc some old howto or man
page versions advertised using names *or* key ids. The 2.0.0 man pages
are more explicit.
> A programmer's rule of thumb is "be strict in what you output, and
> liberal in what input you accept".
Looking through the man page, at some points where options accept "names"
it might be handy to also allow "key-id" as cut'n'paste with a key id (as
Marcus pointed out) is simply less effort than typing a name.
Maybe the man page should make the distinction between "key-id" and
"names" parameters clearer, or add a description what "names" actually
should look like?
Albrecht Dreß - Johanna-Kirchner-Straße 13 - D-53123 Bonn (Germany)
Phone (+49) 228 6199571 - mailto:albrecht.dress at arcor.de
GnuPG public key: http://www.mynetcologne.de/~nc-dreszal/pubkey.asc
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