Bug#317101: apt: does not give meaningful error message if gpg is not found
severity 317101 wishlist
retitle 317101 Record the reasons for authentication failures for later use?
On Wed, Jul 06, 2005 at 12:43:14PM +0200, Marc Haber wrote:
> Package: apt
> Version: 0.5.28.6
> Severity: normal
> when installing packages without having gpg present on the system, apt
> complains that the packages being installed are untrusted. I
> wrongfully attributed that to the fact that some _packages_ are still
> unsigned, not being aware that apt's new feature only tests the
> Release file's signature.
> This would have been much easier if apt would thruthfully say that the
> package were unverified since no gpg binary was found.
> Please add a warning or re-word the "do you really want to install
> untrusted packages" message to indicate that gpg might be missing.
apt-get update does print a helpful message in this case which suggests
installing the gpg package. If you ignore that and then run an install
operation, apt doesn't know the reason for the earlier failure.