gpg: public key not found

Wayne Davison wayned at
Wed Jan 14 18:44:54 GMT 2004

On Wed, Jan 14, 2004 at 10:30:20AM -0800, David.A.Gustafson at wrote:
> gpg: Signature made Thu Jan 01 11:14:08 2004 PST using DSA key ID 4B96A8C5
> gpg: Can't check signature: public key not found

The key is available through the public keyserver network.  One way to
get it is to do a manual key receive:

gpg --keyserver=x-hkp:// --recv-keys 4B96A8C5

Another is to configure gpg to do automatic key retrievals by adding
these lines to its config file (substitute whatever keyserver you like):

keyserver x-hkp://
keyserver-options auto-key-retrieve

Then it would automatically fetch the key when you do the gpg --verify.

Finally, if your system is not on a network, you can get the key via a
webbrowser by fetching this URL:

You can then import the returned text into the appropriate system.


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