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All of the key-servers I visit are timing out. I need to install packages without checking the signatures of the public keys. Is there a way to bypass all the signature checks/ignore all of the signature errors or fool apt into thinking the signature passed?

I am very well aware it is dangerous to do this

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Normally you would install the key locally at the same time as you add a repository, so why do you need to access the key-servers? – JanC Nov 1 '11 at 11:45
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Pass the --allow-unauthenticated option to apt-get as in:

sudo apt-get --allow-unauthenticated upgrade

From tha manual page of apt-get:

Ignore if packages can't be authenticated and don't prompt about it. This is useful for tools like pbuilder. Configuration Item: APT::Get::AllowUnauthenticated.

You can make this setting permanent by using your own config file at /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/ dir. The filename can be 99myown and it may contain this line:

APT::Get::AllowUnauthenticated "true";

In this way, you don't need to use the option every time you want to install software. Note: I do not recommend setting this option by default, it bypasses signature checks that could allow an adversary to compromise your computer.

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this seems to have worked, thanks – yuumei Nov 3 '11 at 14:42

Maybe you can try to create the file /etc/apt/apt.conf (it will be read if you create it) and insert this code:

APT{Ignore {"gpg-pubkey"; }};
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It doesn't work for me. But works when I added APT { Get { AllowUnauthenticated "1"; }; }; – php-coder Apr 17 '13 at 10:59

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