public keyring management practices (was: Re: GPG Recipients List)

Douglas F. Calvert dfc at
Wed Dec 3 23:35:33 CET 2003

On Wed, 2003-12-03 at 18:57, David Shaw wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 03, 2003 at 11:04:19PM +0000, Neil Williams wrote:
> > Lengthy trust rebuilds do slow down the email client with new keys
> > and also slow down KGpg when it opens. However, another reason is
> > refreshing keys - you can't be sure about a key not being revoked
> > unless you refresh it so I refresh quite often. Certainly before I
> > verify packages or encrypt messages to occassional contacts.
> I've occasionally toyed with making an option to automatically do a
> refresh before encrypting, and a different option to automatically do
> a refresh when verifying.  I haven't done it because the load on the
> keyservers would be brutal.  I'd be curious if someone has a different
> take on that, or how they would want such a feature to work.

What about a keyserver that only handles revocation certificates? Does
anyone know how many revocation certificates are on the keyservers? And
how many get added per week?

Douglas F. Calvert
GPG Key: 0xC9541FB2
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