LFS Package GPG Signature

Archaic archaic at indy.rr.com
Mon Jun 7 13:05:22 PDT 2004

On Mon, Jun 07, 2004 at 06:27:06PM +0200, Ronald Hummelink wrote:
> Jeroen Coumans wrote:
> >
> >Agree, especially since it's a relatively new proces. Heck, I don't 
> >even know how to verify a package by its md5sum, let alone how to 
> >verify with a GPG key. Some basic instructions are very welcome.
> >
> This is what falls in the command --help RTFM job, which any lfser ought 
> to be capable of.

That mentality is shaky and ambiguous depending on who the lfs'er is.

Q: Do newbies download kernels and build them?
A: Rarely, if ever.
Q: Then why does kernel.org tell people how to import a key and verify?
A: Because it is a simple thing to do it, and can help many people.

I am not advocating putting instructions in the book. What I am
advocating is a link in the book pointing to a page on LFS.org that
gives a simple example like: http://kernel.org/signature.html. Notice,
that the key is not directly linked to kernel.org, but the fingerpring
and key are displayed in text with a simple command to import from a


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law places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons and gendarmes
at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim - when he
defends himself -- as a criminal.

- Frederic Bastiat, "The Law"

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