2011/01/28

Access Ubuntu GPG Keyserver behind restrict firewall

Ubuntu PPA is a very good apt source-list expansion mechanism, but it requires to install new GPG public key for the PPA repository. It isn't a big problem for user without a restrict firewall.

ubuntu keyserver is using standard GPG keyserver port keyserver.ubuntu.com:11371. It will be blocked by restrict firewall. While Ubuntu.com has enable the 80 on the keyserver, we should add some options to let gpg to use hkp:80 to access the keyserver.


For my example,
gpg --ignore-time-conflict --no-options --no-default-keyring --secret-keyring /etc/apt/secring.gpg --trustdb-name /etc/apt/trustdb.gpg --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg --primary-keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --keyserver-options http-proxy=http://webproxy.yourdomain.com:80 --recv 36E81C9267FD1383FCC4490983FBA1751378B444


We will be able to retrieve the GPG key through restrict firewall. :)
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