what is "correct" for users' Preferred keyserver ?

David Shaw dshaw at jabberwocky.com
Thu Aug 14 13:33:17 CEST 2014

On Aug 13, 2014, at 2:27 AM, shmick at riseup.net wrote:

> i've seen a multitude of ways people input data into this pref
> for example, some people put a link to their public key .asc or .txt file
> some others put a link to an actual keyserver
> from the name of the actual pref, it states a keyserver, so shouldn't
> users input a link to their Preferred keyserver and not a link to
> download a public key or txt file ?

It can be either.  The definition of that option in the protocol is:

   This is a URI of a key server that the key holder prefers be used for
   updates.  Note that keys with multiple User IDs can have a preferred
   key server for each User ID.  Note also that since this is a URI, the
   key server can actually be a copy of the key retrieved by ftp, http,
   finger, etc.

GnuPG supports both the keyserver, and link-to-key cases.


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