Key ID format: short or long?

David Shaw dshaw at
Thu Oct 23 05:57:00 CEST 2008

On Oct 22, 2008, at 1:50 AM, Faramir wrote:

> Robert J. Hansen escribió:
>>> They are not going to use the fingerprint to retrieve
>>> the key, only to verify that the retrieved key is yours.
>> Sure they are.  Where do you think the key ID comes from?  It's the  
>> last
>> eight hex digits of the fingerprint.
>  Yes, you are right, but remember newbies like me maybe don't know
> that, and maybe they think about fingerprints and Key IDs as 2  
> separated
> things... And the 2 GUIs I use ask for a Key ID to perform the
> searches... It seems we have another entry for the FAQ:
> Q: "I got a fingerprint, but not a Key ID, how do I search the key?"
> A: "The Key ID is the last part of the fingerprint, it can be 8 or 16
> characters long (short and long formats). Use those last digits to do
> the search, and then use the whole fingerprint to check you found the
> right key".

Or just search on the fingerprint directly:

   gpg --recv-keys 7D92FD313AB6F3734CC59CA1DB698D7199242560


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