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At the moment, I'm trying to check the fingerprint of the oracle_vbox.asc key that I downloaded from http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads: they provide the key and the fingerprint but no instructions for reviewing this information myself.

How do I show the fingerprint of the key I just downloaded?

apt-key finger oracle_vbox.asc shows the fingerprints of all trusted keys, which isn't what I want.

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This question appears to be abandoned and unanswered, could you perhaps add more detail to your question? If this question no longer applies then you can either delete it or answer it yourself if you've solved the problem. Thanks! –  Tachyons Apr 5 '12 at 18:16
Btw, this question is not that specific to Ubuntu (i.e. checking a fingerprint of an .asc file comes up all the time on all Linux/Unix-like systems), thus I suggest to consider placing such kind of questions on unix.stackexchange.com in the future (-> larger target audience). –  maxschlepzig Jun 14 '12 at 22:37

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$ wget http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc
$ gpg --with-fingerprint oracle_vbox.asc 
pub  1024D/98AB5139 2010-05-18 Oracle Corporation
                      (VirtualBox archive signing key) <info@virtualbox.org>
      Key fingerprint = 7B0F AB3A 13B9 0743 5925  D9C9 5442 2A4B 98AB 5139
sub  2048g/281DDC4B 2010-05-18
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You have both the key and the fingerprint? Run ssh-keygen -l key.pub against the key to get the fingerprint

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ssh-keygen doesn't recognize "oracle_vbox.asc" as a public key file. –  Amanda Jun 13 '11 at 22:09
my mistake, the command should be "ssh-keygen -lf" Do you still get a nerror? –  mvario Jun 13 '11 at 22:30
This does not work. –  maxschlepzig Jun 14 '12 at 22:39

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