Delete key from keyserver

B. Kuestner kuestner at
Fri Oct 21 23:47:06 CEST 2005

I'm still in the process of learning how to use GPG for signing and  
encrypting messages. I use MacGPG on, you guessed it, OS X.

The interface of the GPG Keychain app makes it really easy to do some  
powerful stuff. And you know how it is, if powerful stuff is put in  
the hands of ignorant people:

Now I'm stuck with what you never want to get stuck with: I have keys  
on the keyserver that I don't want to be there and I don't want have  
the private key anymore. The keys are of unlimited validity.

I have the passphrase, though, and I thought that this must be the  
key (no pun intended) to everything. Unfortunately, the more I read  
about it, the more I learn how wrong I am.

I understand that technically there is no software command that I  
could send off anywhere that could fix the situation, right?

But somebody must be owning and administrating the keyserver How can I get to this person? And how can I prove  
that I am the rightful fool to request deletion of those keys from  
the server?

I cannot believe that minutes of stupidity will leave the servers  
running with in a sense corrupt entries for the rest of the lifetime  
of gpg/pgp technologies. Surely this whole scheme must have a method,  
maybe manual and not-free support, for such a scenario?

Any help?



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