On Wed, 11 Apr 2018 Raphaël Halimi <raphael.hal...@gmail.com> wrote:

> The symptoms are as follows: Thunderbird randomly tries to import public
> GPG keys (it's really random, it happens when I'm not even using
> Thunderbird to read e-mails, it's just sitting on a different workspace)
> and the CPU consumption becomes very high.
> 
> Looking for the culprit with top, I can see a GPG process using one
> whole CPU core, spawned by Thunderbird, and with the following options:
> 
> /usr/bin/gpg --charset utf-8 --display-charset utf-8
> --no-auto-check-trustdb --batch --no-tty --status-fd 2 --keyserver
> hkps://hkps.pool.sks-keyservers.net:443 --recv-keys <some key ID>
> 
> Killing the process immediately spawns a new identical one; killing the
> second one makes Thunderbird rest for some time, until the problem
> occurs again with a new key ID (generally in a matter of minutes).
> 
> Trying to fetch the key manually by copying the GPG command line in a
> terminal works perfectly, which makes me think that the problem comes
> from Thunerbird (or Enigmail), not from GPG.

I confirm this report in all its details. At the moment I worked around
it by emptying the list of keyservers. No need to mention this is not a
real solution, but enigmail is unusable otherwise.

Paride

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