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I was trying to recompile and rebuild libevent2 source from oneiric on my natty server and I had a small error with gpg not being able to check signature

# dpkg-source -x libevent_2.0.12-stable-1.dsc
gpgv: Signature made Fri Jun 17 07:12:50 2011 PDT using DSA key ID 7ADF9466
gpgv: Can't check signature: public key not found
dpkg-source: warning: failed to verify signature on ./libevent_2.0.12-stable-1.dsc

Any idea how to fix this warning?

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I believe the conventional solution is to install the GnuPG keys of Debian Developers package:

sudo apt-get install debian-keyring
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Yes, the gpg commands suggested here by @enzotib and @Flint did not work for me on Ubuntu 14.04, at least for enabling validation when running apt-get source. But installing the debian-keyring package worked, as @ændrük suggests. – fjarlq May 5 '14 at 18:54

You should import the key to local keyring with the following command:

gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 7ADF9466

Then, try again the command.

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Thanks but it still failed to verify the signature – Flint Aug 12 '11 at 16:56
@Flint: you are running as root, so also this command should be run as root, to go to root keyring. Have you done so? – enzotib Aug 12 '11 at 17:16
Are there any official sources documenting that this approach is secure? How could I know that 7ADF9466 is indeed the correct signing key if it does not exist in the keyring package? What prevents a man in the middle from serving a dsc file signed with a different key (possibly even a different key with the same 32 bit hash). – kasperd Aug 10 '14 at 19:35
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I know this is old question but I wanted to post the solution that I have found somewhere else here in case anyone else is also having this problem

First of all, you should import the key to local keyring as @enzotib instructed

gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 7ADF9466

Then export the key to your local trustedkeys to make it trusted

gpg --no-default-keyring -a --export 7ADF9466 | gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring ~/.gnupg/trustedkeys.gpg --import -

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