rpmkeys - RPM Keyring


rpmkeys {--list|--import|--delete|--checksig}


The general forms of rpm digital signature commands are

rpmkeys --list [KEYHASH ...]

rpmkeys --import PUBKEY ...

rpmkeys --delete KEYHASH ...

rpmkeys {-K|--checksig} PACKAGE_FILE ...

The --checksig option checks all the digests and signatures contained in PACKAGE_FILE to ensure the integrity and origin of the package. Note that signatures are now verified whenever a package is read, and --checksig is useful to verify all of the digests and signatures associated with a package.

Digital signatures cannot be verified without a public key. An ASCII armored public key can be added to the rpm database using --import. An imported public key is carried in a header, and key ring management is performed exactly like package management. For example, all currently imported public keys can be displayed by:

rpm -q gpg-pubkey

A more convenient way to display them is

rpmkeys --list

More details about a specific public key, when imported, can be displayed by querying. Here's information about the Red Hat GPG/DSA key:

rpm -qi gpg-pubkey-db42a60e

Finally, public keys can be erased after importing just like packages. Here's how to remove the Red Hat GPG/DSA key:

rpmkeys --delete db42a60e

Or alternatively:

rpm -e gpg-pubkey-db42a60e


popt(3), rpm(8), rpmdb(8), rpmsign(8), rpm2cpio(8), rpmbuild(8), rpmspec(8)

rpmkeys --help - as rpm supports customizing the options via popt aliases it's impossible to guarantee that what's described in the manual matches what's available. <URL:>


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