Bootstrapping pkg from a package

Matthew Seaman matthew at
Sun Aug 2 11:54:55 UTC 2015

On 02/08/2015 04:51, Carl Johnson wrote:
> I was just bringing up my Raspberry Pi from the 10.2-RC2 image and tried
> to install some packages that I had saved previously.  The pkg(7)
> manpage states that the pkg in the base system can use 'pkg add <pkg>'
> to install the pkg package instead of getting the package from the
> repository (which isn't available for arm).  When I tried that I just
> got the message 'Signature for pkg not available.'  I don't have a
> signature for it, and don't know where to get it from or how to generate
> it.  Once I install it from ports, I can use that to add other saved
> packages without any signature being necessary.

You'll only get this error message if SIGNATURE_TYPE='fingerprints'
somewhere in your pkg.conf and you're using pkg(7) to run
'pkg add something' -- otherwise it will just go ahead and install from
the pkg.txz tarball without checking the package integrity and authenticity.

> The manpage makes it appear that should work, so is there something else
> that I need to do?  Thanks for any information.

Check for the presence of pkg.txz.sig -- that has to be present in the
same directory as the pkg.txz you're trying to install from before
signature checking will work -- and also that you have the current
FreeBSD repository public key:


which should look like this:

% cat
# $FreeBSD: stable/10/share/keys/pkg/trusted/
260608 2014-01-13 22:07:36Z bdrewery $

function: "sha256"

Each of these files should be present on the installation media, if they
haven't already been installed on the system.

Otherwise I believe you can turn off signature checking by setting:


in the environment before you call pkg(7).  If putting it in the
environment doesn't work, then you could try adding that to
/usr/local/etc/pkg.conf -- note that this will not have any effect on
pkg(8) once installed.  pkg(8) would want that setting in a per-repo
file eg. /usr/local/etc/pkg/repos/FreeBSD.conf, and the format is a bit

FreeBSD: { signature_type: none }

However it would be preferable to have signature checking enabled.



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