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I understand that keyservers are using the port 11371 but in many cases you are not allowed to connect to this port and you cannot add

There a many cases when you cannot modify the firewall configuration.

Example command that fails

 gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 0A5174AF

How do you solve this issue?

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Some key servers answer to port 80 as well:

gpg --keyserver wwwkeys.de.pgp.net:80 --recv-keys 0A5174AF

And since hkp relies on http, you should be able to use it trough a web proxy too.

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Ubuntu solve this problem and now the server also responds on port 80. –  sorin Sep 22 '10 at 13:58

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