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       keylookup - Fetch and Import GnuPG keys from keyservers.


       keylookup [options] search-string


       keylookup  is a wrapper around gpg --search, allowing you to search for
       keys on a keyserver.  It presents the list of matching keys to the user
       and allows her to select the keys for importing into the GnuPG keyring.

       For the search and actual import of keys GnuPG itself is called.


               Specify the keyserver to use. If no keyserver is specified,  it
               will  parse  the  GnuPG options file for a default keyserver to
               use.  If no keyserver can be found, keylookup will abort.

               Use a port other than 11371.

               keylookup  supports  displaying  the  search  results  with   3
               different  frondends.  Both whiptail and dialog are interactive
               and allow the user to select the keys  to  import.   The  third
               frontend  plain  is non-interactive and just prints the keys to
               STDOUT. The user must then call GnuPG him/herself.

               If available, /usr/bin/dialog is the  default.  If  it  is  not
               available but /usr/bin/whiptail is installed, then this is used
               instead. If nothing else works, we’ll fall back to plain.

               Don’t ask the user which keys to import, but instead import all
               keys  matching  the search-string. If this is given no frontend
               is needed.

               Similar to  GnuP  keylookup  will  only  honor  the  http_proxy
               environment  variable  if  this  option  is given. If it is not
               given but your GnuPG options file includes it,  then  keylookup
               will use it.

       --help  Print a brief help message and exit successfully.


       HOME      Used to locate the default home directory.

       GNUPGHOME If set directory used instead of "~/.gnupg".

                 Only  honored  when  the  option --honor-http-proxy is set or
                 honor-http-proxy is set in GnuPG’s config file.


       keylookup Christian Kurz
              will query your default keyserver for Christian’s keys and offer
              you  to  import  them into your keyring with the dialog frontend
              (if available).

       keylookup --honor-http-proxy --frontend plain wk@gnupg
              will query the default keyserver again, now using the http_proxy
              if  the  environment  variable  is  defined  and list wk@gnupg’s
              (Werner Koch)’s key on STDOUT.

       keylookup --keyserver Peter Palfrader
              will now ask the keyserver for my (Peter’s) keys and
              display them for import in dialog.


                 GnuPG’s  options file where keylookup will take the keyserver
                 and honor-http-proxy values from if it exists.




       Please  report  bugs  using  the  Debian   bug   tracking   system   at


       Christian Kurz <>
       Peter Palfrader <>