Questions about OpenPGP best practices

Niels Laukens niels at
Tue Feb 26 08:52:10 CET 2013

On 2013-02-26 07:51, Daniel Kahn Gillmor wrote:
> On 02/25/2013 02:54 PM, Peter Loshin wrote:
>> 1. "Don't use". Which keyserver *should* be used? I assume
>> that a pool is better than a particular server; is there one
>> particular pool that is preferred? What about
> You should use hkp:// instead of http://.  Using http:// implies a
> simple web request (e.g. , while hkp:// implies the structured key
> lookups keyservers are known to use.
> and you may want to use (this is a
> high-availability pool -- only keyservers that operate behind HTTP
> reverse proxies are included.  this mode of operation is considered a
> best-practice for sks keyserver operators).

I find * unusable (unfortunately).

More often than not, I get this:
gpgkeys: HTTP fetch error 7: couldn't connect: End of file

tcpdump shows me that the server just closes the connection without an
It does work from time to time, so when doing a manual --recv-key, I
usually get the key within a few tries. But when using e.g. caff (which
does not retry), it's unusable.

So I'm still looking for a good, working keyserver...

And while might not be the best keyserver, it works... (from
my experience at least).

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