They all usually sync with sks-keyservers.net.Ubuntu and other distro server also do that. Let's see if this can be rectified with clearing the keyserver: There should be pub key that has to be imported. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Of course there are servers like pgp.mit.edu and other different university servers. Currently, it will search for published keys using the WKD protocol, and it will search for keys in the keys.openpgp.org keyserver. Since the certificate spamming attack, there are new servers like keys.openpgp.org but these won't work in this case. In general the keyserver could fail. This article explains how to solve this warning The same mechanism can be used from the OpenPGP Key Manager, using the Keyserver, "Discover Keys Online" command, which allows you to search … I just specified --keyserver!!!?? gpg: keyserver search failed: No route to host $ gpg2 --keyserver hkps://hkps.sks-keyservers.net --search-keys 2071B08A33BD3F06 gpg: no keyserver known (use option --keyserver) gpg: keyserver search failed: No keyserver available. I recently installed Ubuntu 17.04 and I'm not able to add any ppa. I thought that my local machine was the problem so I installed a new installation on a virtual machine and when running the command it comes out with the same error: When executing the apt-get update command, you may get “There is no public key available” warning message. The sks-keyservers.net Pool is quite big, but if you get a bad one, you can't do anything. Unfortunately, the site is unable to function properly without using session, functional and third-party cookies. but If I do a decryption from the GUI by entering the passphrase, and then running the command again it starts to work again. WHAT?! Version: 2.1.15-9 On Mon 2016-11-14 18:13:05 +0900, Phil Dibowitz wrote: > On 11/14/2016 12:14 AM, Daniel Kahn Gillmor wrote: >> If everything is working for you now, i suspect we can close this ticket ==> ERROR: A specified local key could not be updated from a keyserver. ==> ERROR: A specified local key could not be updated from a keyserver. Stack Exchange Network. Stack Exchange network consists of 176 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.. 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