GPG Keychain: GPG keychain doesn’t like spaces in key fingerprints when using search

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02 Oct, 2020 07:31 PM

GPG keychain doesn’t like spaces in key fingerprints when using search.
If I remove the spaces it works fine.
I also didn’t have any success looking up keys on keyservers by email address.
Try searching for ‚4120 B214 84A7 7647 4658 3909 31C8 0DB2 DDE7 6CEA’ then ‚4120B21484A776474658390931C80DB2DDE76CEA’

I expect it to handle spaces, as they are common when people publish their keys fingerprint.

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  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 05 Oct, 2020 10:19 AM

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    Hi ,

    welcome to the GPGTools support platform. Sorry you are having problems using GPG Suite.

    When searching for 4120 B214 84A7 7647 4658 3909 31C8 0DB2 DDE7 6CEA GPG Keychain does display search results.

    Although if you are using hkps:// make sure you have the fallback to the old key severs enabled in Preferences > Key Server as that public key resides on the old sks key servers. As those tend to be rather unreliable I would propose to contact the key owner and ask them to upload and verify their key to

    All the best,

  2. 2 Posted by mieszkoslusarcz... on 05 Oct, 2020 10:24 AM

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    It doesn't seem to be an issue with a specific key.
    Usually when people post their key fingerprints they have spaces (every 4 characters) - I believe this is common when formatting them.
    The issue for me is that simply copying/pasting the key in the lookup field does not find it, while after removing spaces it does. Can you make it "understand" fingerprints with spaces?

    Mieszko Ślusarczyk

    Włącz 5 października 2020 w 12:19:50, Steve ([email blocked](mailto:[email blocked])) Napisał:

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Steve on 05 Oct, 2020 10:43 AM

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    Should you be available, could you hop on our live chat here:

    We can't promise a solution, but we'd like to inspect this problem in more detail. When joining the live chat, please post the URL of this discussion so we know which case you are contacting us about.

    All the best

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Steve on 05 Oct, 2020 10:56 AM

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    Indeed unreliable key servers and not spaces.

  5. Steve closed this discussion on 05 Oct, 2020 10:56 AM.

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