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Re: pkgsrc signature verification?

Thanks again Greg. Out of curiosity, what's the rational for not including the keyring with the installation media?

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On Tuesday, August 25, 2020 5:01 PM, Greg Troxel <> wrote:

> 6E7368 writes:
> > Thanks Greg, it's been a while since I've been on a mailing list and I
> > didn't think of it as a platform-specific question. I'm on a fresh
> > install of netbsd 9.0 on a rpi3b+ with sources from
> > without any configuration besides users, passwords, hostname and
> > disabling sshd.
> And presumably you are using packages
> > I don't know if this is the best place to ask this, but shouldn't
> > pkgsrc check for netpgpverify in $PATH and use that by default if it's
> > there? Or at least print something to stdout? I remember a message
> > printed about installing gnupg to verify downloads but it said nothing
> > about netpgpverify. (I've rebooted since and I don't have shell
> > history saved).
> There are signatures on the base system sets.
> "pkgsrc" doesn't check; pkgsrc is a set of files that allow one to
> build packages from source.
> What I think you are asking is "why isn't pkg_add, that is part of the
> base system I installed", looking for netpgpverify and deciding to
> verify things (which means refusing to install unverified things)?" The
> answer is basically that you can't verify a signed package with just a
> program -- you also need to have the public key.
> If you had a set of signed packages, and the public key, you could
> configure pkg_add to verify them. This is described, confusing, in
> pkg_install.conf(5).
> Signing packages is easy for one person, and the difficulty appears to
> be proportional to the number of people in the organization raised to
> the 0.7 power :-)

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