Replacement subkeys

David Shaw
Thu Sep 20 02:43:02 2001

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On Thu, Sep 20, 2001 at 01:00:11AM +0100, Nick Lamb wrote:

> Once again I tried to actually use GnuPG for something, and was pretty
> much immediately stopped short by a problem.
> Here you can see that I have created a new subkey for 1024D/741BE7D8
> and of course I have the public and private components on this local
> machine...
> [njl98r@chef njl98r]$ gpg --list-keys njl98r
> pub 1024D/741BE7D8 1999-10-11 Nicholas Lamb <>
> uid Nicholas Lamb <>
> sub 1024g/427333F4 1999-10-11 [expires: 2000-11-09]
> sub 1024g/8458535B 2001-07-26 [expires: 2002-07-26]
> It would be nice if other users could have this new subkey, so that when
> they send me mail it doesn't complain about the old, expired subkey
> So..
> [njl98r@chef njl98r]$ gpg --send-keys 741BE7D8
> gpg: success sending to `' (status=3D200)
> However it appears that either GnuPG never bothers to tell the server
> about the new subkey, or the server never bothers to record it. When
> I look at the key list on other people's systems (yes, from the same
> server after I updated it) the new subkey is missing.
> What am I doing wrong? How do I make it do what I (obviously) intended?
You're doing it just right, and so is GnuPG. There is, alas, a bug in some of the HKP keyservers that makes them unable to handle keys with multiple subkeys. I'm afraid I don't know exactly *which* keyservers are buggy. is known good, but is not a HKP keyserver so you need to use the web interface or my LDAP keyserver addition to GnuPG. I believe is good as well, and it's a HKP server. David --=20 David Shaw | | WWW +--------------------------------------------------------------------------= -+ "There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don't believe this to be a coincidence." - Jeremy S. Anderson --UugvWAfsgieZRqgk Content-Type: application/pgp-signature Content-Disposition: inline -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.0.6 (GNU/Linux) Comment: For info see iQEVAwUBO6k6wIccwqs8s7QVAQGjbwf/eL8gBQcoRb5LtMcHOt587Rv7579j++RQ tlO8xPRyDBZDtdh+aXgYKrpvrUA+vpzW8oSQO2+HdEaRJkcXAXfO/xY8tvLPIBnS +O9Up73HacWNnS6wcawApe7LIDk6mM6mMNP6iyL0dhyhtG3SSXU8Pt1eJ8qQip7M J/CDMuzFGnm3Mt1TOGGp7MaxUIQfb2I3bxsRRtnC1+i5FLCCl5bVQl/YasyaABCB urCoxX/s1rtBksc6dnwGTI+e/IwXzSzKv2ju7Ycv9JvPWd7bUWOjjV6MSJPzdQja ie68R8s7dVrceghusWbU/h7MdlPrUKxJWV4TokmOcbrbtcJfKDS4+A== =z9th -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- --UugvWAfsgieZRqgk--