Is there a way to browse the GPG web of trust?

Melvin Carvalho melvincarvalho at
Fri Oct 7 18:15:07 CEST 2011

On 7 October 2011 17:54, Aaron Toponce <aaron.toponce at> wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 07, 2011 at 12:46:32PM +0200, Melvin Carvalho wrote:
>> This is awesome, thanks!
> No problem. It's pretty crazy stuff.
>> Is it possible to get a dump of all the signatures in a particular key server?
> Possible? Yes. Probable? Maybe. I once setup my own public keyserver, just
> because, and found it to chew through 20GB or so, iirc. It's been about 5
> years since setting it up, so I'm guessing it's grown since then.
> If you want all the keys from a keyserver, you'll probably have the best
> luck building your own keyserver, taking all the public keys, building a
> keyring, and examining the Web of Trust on that. With that said, I would be
> willing to bet that something of that magnitude would be rather CPU and RAM
> intensive. You would probably want to take advantage of some pretty serious
> hardware to make it practical.

Thanks I may try and set up a key server in that case.  Tho I did read
a report that it can be more work than anticipated.

> If someone has better advice, you'll likely get it here. :)
>> BTW: Just as a side note, I am studying "web of trust" as a general
>> concept (hopefully to become part of a PhD).  There is also the "FOAF"
>> web of trust, which is bigger (say 100 million plus) but perhap not as
>> high quality as GPG.  Im also looking at the data in
>> ... it might be an idea to try and map all the
>> different web of trusts on the internets and collate the data together
> Will your discertation be available publicly?

I'm still at a very early stage.  But I see no point in writing a phd
("contribution to knowledge") unless it is publicly available.

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