hashed user IDs [was: Re: Security of the gpg private keyring?]

John Clizbe John at enigmail.net
Sun Mar 13 07:32:27 CET 2011

Ben McGinnes wrote:
> On 12/03/11 6:26 PM, John Clizbe wrote:
>> That's the SKS implementation of the key database. On top of the
>> keys, there are several other tables. Within each table there is
>> also empty space, most commonly space left at the end of a page.
>> The present size of just the raw keys -- like you would pull in a
>> keydump to bootstrap a server -- is 4.38 GB
> Thanks.  I think I might have to play around with installing a local
> server.  I don't have a big enough link to run a public server, but
> running a local one would probably serve as an interesting exercise.

I think that's my problem with sks.keyservers.net, getting too many timeouts.
Have to beat on AT&T *again*
> Is the source on the sks-servers.net site or should I be looking
> elsewhere?

Originally @ https://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/sks/

Currently at Google­™ Code: http://code.google.com/p/sks-keyserver/

Current release:

trunk: hg clone https://sks-keyserver.googlecode.com/hg/ sks-keyserver

my branch: hg clone https://johnclizbe-sks-keyserver.googlecode.com/hg/

You need Berkeley DB >= 4.6 and ocaml >= 3.11.0
I've built on Linux, Mac OS (MacPorts), and Solaris (Blastwave)

John P. Clizbe                      Inet:   John (a) Enigmail DAWT net
FSF Assoc #995 / FSFE Fellow #1797  hkp://keyserver.gingerbear.net  or
     mailto:pgp-public-keys at gingerbear.net?subject=HELP

Q:"Just how do the residents of Haiku, Hawai'i hold conversations?"
A:"An odd melody / island voices on the winds / surplus of vowels"

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