Retrieving keys via v3 fingerprint

Alphax alphasigmax at
Thu May 4 16:37:22 CEST 2006

David Shaw wrote:
> 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
> "died".

Hrm. I got 317163 lines of output (redirected to a file) with the
message "gpg: packet(2) with unknown version 0" on stderr (I think). I
might try gpgsplit on it next...

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  Down with categorical imperative!
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