GPG Keychain: retrieving key

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31 Jul, 2018 07:18 AM

Please repeat your search and see if it works then. Should the problem persist, file a support request via System Preferences > GPG Suite > Send Report. Please copy the entire error message into the description field and add the search term you used for your query. We recommend to include the debug log, since that provides additional helpful information to solve your problem.

Search keys failed! (No keyserver available)
Code = 186
Error text:
gpg: no keyserver known (use option --keyserver)
gpg: keyserver search failed: No keyserver available

Pull key from MIT server

macOS                   10.13.6     17G65
GPG Suite               2018.3      2223    (8d0c266)
GPGMail                 3.0b7       1319    (c2d0df0a)
GPG Keychain            1.4.4       1460    (9010342)
GPGServices             1.11.4      1013    (0b04f6c)
MacGPG                  2.2.8       916     (0ed4a99)
GPG Suite Preferences   2.1.2       997     (1a09bc7)
Libmacgpg               0.8.5       863     (0707962)
pinentry           9       (db18340)
  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 04 Aug, 2018 04:36 PM

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    Hi Jared,

    unfortunately there are a variety of reasons why key search can fail.

    Is there any chance that you are using Little Snitch or any other firewall on your Mac? If so, please temporarily disable that software and repeat the search.

    Another thing you could try is changing your name server to and let us know if that fixes your problem.


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