Still trying to troubleshoot --refresh-keys error

Anthony Papillion anthony at
Fri Dec 2 23:59:16 CET 2016

For the last few weeks, I've talked about how, when I try to refresh the
keys on my ring, I get an error from GnuPG. Today, I noticed a message
that I hadn't noticed before and I strongly suspect this might be the
cause of the problem I'm having.

When I issued the

gpg2 --refresh-keys

command, GnuPG connected to the SKS pool and sent a request for all the
keys on my ring. At the end of the refresh attempt, I saw the following:

gpg: no valid OpenPGP data found.
gpg: Total number processed: 0
gpg: keyserver communications error: keyserver helper internal error
gpg: keyserver communications error: General error
gpg: keyserver refresh failed: General error

IIRC, Stephen mentioned something about the helper program the last time
I posted. This seems to confirm that.  However, since it's not giving me
much information, I can't really troubleshoot further.

This is GnuPG 2.0.3 (GpG4Win 2.3.3) on Windows 10.  This issue DOES NOT
happen on Linux.

Can anyone offer a bit of insight?


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