GPG 2.1.0/Win32: keyserver lookup problems

Robert J. Hansen rjh at
Thu Nov 6 20:09:15 CET 2014

> That is why I wrote "is an experimental installer" ;-)

Sure, but even then -- this is a really shaky build, Werner.  I'm 
getting all different kinds of weird errors, from the keyserver helper 
not being able to communicate with the outside world, to GnuPG swearing 
it's created output but no output file being created (!!), to GnuPG 
2.1.0 + Enigmail inserting additional newlines after every line of text, 
to GnuPG 2.1.0 + Enigmail telling me it's successfully decrypted a 
message but presenting me with a blank screen, to...

Some of this is probably on Enigmail; some of it is probably on Win32.

My own recommendation, for whatever it's worth, is that normal Win32 
users should *not* upgrade.  Not yet, at least.  There's a lot of stuff 
here that needs shaking out.

(The "GnuPG insists it's created output, but none exists" -- this one 
was so surreal that I was seriously considering whether I was 
hallucinating from caffeine withdrawal, as I'd skipped my morning cup. 
I cd'ed into the C:\Program Files (x86)\Gnu\GnuPG\bin directory, so as 
to avoid having to type "gpg.exe" each time.  I wanted to test 
encrypting a file on my desktop, and I could've sworn I set the output 
to C:\Users\rjh\Desktop.  I didn't, though, and GnuPG dumped the output 
into the C:\Program Files (x86)\GNU\GnuPG\bin directory...

... or at least, it claimed to.  When I did a dir on the directory, the 
output didn't exist.

"Hmm," I thought, "that's weird.  Did it not have permissions to write 
to the dir?  If so, shouldn't it have given an error?"

So I repeated the same command line.  This time, GnuPG told me the file 
foo.asc already existed, and did I want to overwrite it?

I Ctrl-Ced out.  Intrigued, I combed through the directory looking for 
foo.asc.  It wasn't there.  So what the heck was GnuPG warning me about 

At some point I had to seriously consider the possibility I was 
hallucinating it.  I'm pretty sure I wasn't.  But I can't explain for 
the life of me what happened there.)

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