Retrieving keys via v3 fingerprint

David Shaw dshaw at
Wed May 3 14:33:12 CEST 2006

On Wed, May 03, 2006 at 05:59:52PM +0930, Alphax wrote:
> David Shaw wrote:
> > On Wed, May 03, 2006 at 01:45:15AM +0930, Alphax wrote:
> >> How does one get keys from a keyserver when only the v3 fingerprint is
> >> known? I recovered the fingerprints from a trustdb (they had 00000000
> >> appended), but I can't work out how to get them off a keyserver...
> > 
> > You can't.  It would require the keyserver to be able to retrieve by
> > v3 fingerprint and none can.
> > 
> So, why does GPG store trustdb entries in this manner?

How GPG stores internal trust data and what keyservers support have
nothing to do with each other.

> I had a situation where my keyring died, but my trustdb was
> intact... is there no way to recover those keys? I still have the
> old keyring...

Work on the keyring with --list-packets?  It depends what you mean by


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