recommendation for key servers

Andrew Gallagher andrewg at
Mon Jun 28 19:42:02 CEST 2021

> On 28 Jun 2021, at 18:02, Стефан Васильев via Gnupg-users <gnupg-users at> wrote:
> When looking at the stats, why are there IMHO such high numbers
> (daily) on updated pub keys, compared to submitted ones?

It’s not clear, but it may be due to a lack of canonical ordering of packets. Say Alice and Bob have both signed my key, but keyserver A and keyserver B have different copies of my key with Alice and Bob’s signatures in opposite order from each other. These keys will have different checksums, even though they contain the same functional information. If the sync process doesn’t result in A and B reordering the sigs in the same way, then they will keep syncing (successfully!) forever, incrementing the number of changes each time. 


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