Receiving keys as root user

Allan McRae allan at
Tue Nov 18 00:08:56 CET 2014

On 18/11/14 07:31, Daniel Kahn Gillmor wrote:
> On 11/17/2014 05:44 AM, Allan McRae wrote:
>> I have a GPG keychain for the root user which is used to validate all
>> files in my package management system.  To add a key into this key
>> chain, I have been running:
>> sudo gpg --homedir /etc/pacman.d/gnupg/ --recv-keys EAE999BD
>> With the 2.1 release, this now give the following error:
>> gpg: connecting dirmngr at '/root/.gnupg/S.dirmngr' failed: IPC connect
>> call failed
>> gpg: keyserver receive failed: No dirmngr
>> Is there a way to handle this that I am missing or is it a bug?
> what version of dirmngr are you running?  gnupg 2.1.0 needs to use
> dirmngr 2.1.0 (found in the gnupg 2.1.x source now, instead of the
> separate distribution).

I am using the latest version:

# dirmngr --version
dirmngr (GnuPG) 2.1.0

> btw, i strongly recommend against using short Key IDs as desscribed
> above ("--recv-keys EAE999BD") -- these are trivial to spoof, and using
> them as you do above makes it quite likely that you'll pull in keys from
> the keyservers that you do not want in your package manager's trusted list.

Sure.  That was just for an example.


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