Public Key Server Commands
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Here's how to extract a key:
- Select either the "Index" or "Verbose Index" check box. The
"Verbose" option also displays all signatures on displayed keys.
- Type ID you want to search for in the "Search String" box.
- Press the "Do the search!" key.
- The server will return a (verbose) list of keys on the server
matching the given ID. (The ID can be any valid argument to a pgp -kv(v) command.)
- The returned index will have hypertext links for every
bracket-delimited identifier (i.e. <firstname.lastname@example.org>).
Clicking on the hypertext link will display an ASCII-armored version
of the listed public key.
- Currently, hypertext links are only generated for text found
between matching brackets. (It's a common convention to put your
e-mail address inside brackets somewhere in the key ID string.)
Here's how to add a key to the server's keyring:
That's it! The keyserver processes ADD requests every 10 minutes.
After your key has been processed the server will send a message to
your e-mail address. After you've received confirmation, you can
check that your key exists using the extract
- Enter your e-mail address in the space provided. The
server will e-mail a confirmation to that address after it has
processed your key.
- Cut-and-paste an ASCII-armored version of your public key into
the text box.
- Press "Submit".
- The script that executes when you push the "Submit" button
doesn't actually frob the keyserver database directly. It takes your
e-mail address and ASCII-armored key and forges an incoming mail
message to email@example.com. This forged
mail message then gets processed just like an incoming ADD request to
the mail server, which is why there's up to a 10 minute delay.
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