name -> number mapping

Sat, 24 Jun 2000 02:26:33 +0200

what's the best way to find out which key-id belongs to some ascii string
representing a users name?  i used to call pgp5's "pgpk -a <some-name>" to
retrieve a listing of which keys matched a given user-id, but there must be
a simpler way.  gpg wants numbers to retrieve a key from a server, but at
times i don't have one.

how do i access key-servers by mail?