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Re: Finding a “good” OpenPGP key server

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: Finding a “good” OpenPGP key server
Date: Mon, 30 May 2022 17:34:43 +0200
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Maxime Devos <> skribis:

> Ludovic Courtès schreef op ma 18-04-2022 om 22:24 [+0200]:
>> [... guix refresh -u stuff failing due to not finding the key ...]
>> I’m not sure what a good solution is (other than looking for the key
>> manually on Savannah or on some random key server).
> Alternatively, why use key servers at all?  WDYT of something like
> (package
>   (name "gnurl")
>   [...]
>   (properties
>     ;; Keys that are considered ‘trustworthy’ for signing releases
>     ;; of gnurl.
>     `((permitted-pgp-signing-keys "CABB A99E ..." "DEAD BEEF ...")
>       ;; Locations of PGP key (possibly with some of them pointing to
>       ;; the same key)
>       (pgp-key-locations
>         ,(savannah-pgp-key USER-ID) ... ; most signers are on
>         ,(local-file "[...]/") ; not easily available from the Web 
>         "https://rando/";
>         "ipfs://.../..." "gnunet://...")))) ; download key via P2P networks
> The first part (permitted-pgp-signing-keys) has been suggested previously and
> seems mostly orthogonal, but the second part is new.  It would reduce
> the dependency on central infrastructure.  We could consider key servers
> to be ‘merely’ another fallback.

We could also have our own key server.  Just like ‘guix lint -c
archival’ triggers SWH archival, we could have a tool that triggers key
download on the server so that crypto material never vanishes.

Food for thought…


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