PGP global directory cruft in keyservers

Alphax alphasigmax at
Tue Sep 6 12:27:13 CEST 2005

Kurt Fitzner wrote:
> This isn't GnuPG-related really, but recently downloaded my own public
> key from a keyserver and found on it about a billion of those silly PGP
> global directory signatures on it.  Either someone has been downloading
> my key from PGP a whole bunch and then submitting it to keyservers, or
> the mainstream keyservers are syncing with PGP's global directory.
> I'm wondering if this is a widespread problem.  Have other people
> noticed this with their keys?
> I am now very sorry I went throught that email process with PGP.  I'm
> actually hoping this is a widespread problem so that keyserver operators
> will start deleting those stupid signatures.  If not, I am stuck with my
> key having a billion useless signatures on it.

If you have gpg 1.4.2 you can edit your key and clean it. You can also
set your import and export options to clean these signatures automatically.

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