[Bug 1044156] Re: gpg key retrieval gives bogus, confusing error message

Daniel Leidert daniel.leidert.spam at gmx.net
Thu Sep 6 09:18:31 UTC 2012

It cannot resolve the hostname 'subkeys.pgp.net' to an IP address.
Sounds like you have a problem with your DNS resolver, which might be
caused by your configuration of iptables/ufw usage. Please check the
relevant logs and contact a user or support forum for iptables to get
help to find and fix the error. This is very probably not a bug in
gnupg. I'm therefor tagging it 'Incomplete' for the moment. Please
report back if you can verify, that this is not related to your iptables
config/ufw usage.

** Changed in: gnupg (Ubuntu)
       Status: New => Incomplete

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  gpg key retrieval gives bogus, confusing error message

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Bug description:
  I attempted to install a key using gpg as follows:

  pwa at pwa-K60IJ:~/Documents$ gpg --keyserver hkp://subkeys.pgp.net --recv-keys A8AA1FAA3F055C03
  gpg: requesting key 3F055C03 from hkp server subkeys.pgp.net
  ?: subkeys.pgp.net: Host not found
  gpgkeys: HTTP fetch error 7: couldn't connect: Success
  gpg: no valid OpenPGP data found.
  gpg: Total number processed: 0

  I don't know why I got this error (I'm not behind a proxy server), but
  that's not the point of my filing this bug report.  Whatever the
  problem is, it's not a case of "host not found".   The host is there
  and I can link to it.  The error message is clearly bogus, and very
  misleading.  It needs to reflect what the problem really is.

  I'm running Kubuntu 12.04. and gpg 1.4.11.  The command cited above
  seems to work for most people, but it doesn't work for me.

  PS - I attempted to file this report under package gpg, but got a
  message that gpg does not exist in ubuntu.  Yet gpg shows up under the
  package name search in the bug reporter.

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