fingerprint associated public key does not match displayed public key

S.B. sami.badri at
Thu Dec 16 16:37:30 CET 2021

maybe I'm not explaining it well.  I was able to import a public key using:

gpg --keyserver hkps:// --recv-keys fingerprint*

the fingerprint was provided to me by the intended recipient via their
profile page.

the profile page also displayed the pgp public key block

when i compared the imported pgp public key block (which I obtained
using the import command and the provided fingerprint) to the
displated pgp public key block, they didn't match

shouldn't they match?

thank you

On Thu, Dec 16, 2021 at 8:34 AM Ingo Klöcker <kloecker at> wrote:
> On Donnerstag, 16. Dezember 2021 12:52:28 CET S.B. via Gnupg-users wrote:
> > Here is my situation:  I have imported a public key using
> > gpg --keyserver hkps:// --recv-keys fingerprint*
> >
> > *provided by the intended recipient on their profile page
> >
> > The person also displayed the pgp public key block text (in armor) but
> > not as an asc file.  I first tried importing the block directly into
> > gpg but couldn't figure it out.
> >
> > when comparing the imported key (again, obtained via the keyserver
> > using the fingerprint) to the displayed public key block, they do not
> > match.
> How do you do this, i.e. what commands are you using?
> > Reasons for this (I think) are:
> > 1.  either the fingerprint or the key has been changed but not updated
> > on the profile page
> The fingerprint of an OpenPGP key never changes (except if its creation time
> changes).
> Regards,
> Ingo
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