I'm trying to update my nodejs installation, and phalconphp is getting in the way. When I run apt-get update, I get this complaint

Err:13 https://packagecloud.io/phalcon/stable/ubuntu xenial InRelease                                        
  The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 4166E80CDCF8B31B

Following the advice of several threads (such as this one), I've tried to fetch the GPG key:

sudo gpg --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv 4166E80CDCF8B31B

Results in

gpg: requesting key DCF8B31B from hkp server keyserver.ubuntu.com
gpgkeys: key 4166E80CDCF8B31B not found on keyserver
gpg: no valid OpenPGP data found.
gpg: Total number processed: 0
gpg: keyserver communications error: key not found
gpg: keyserver communications error: bad public key
gpg: keyserver receive failed: bad public key

So how do I figure out which server should have the GPG key?

  • @karel I added and accepted an answer below back in Jan. Dec 17, 2019 at 13:55

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I got it by re-running the phalcon install script

curl -s "https://packagecloud.io/install/repositories/phalcon/stable/script.deb.sh" | sudo bash

This script has the URL to the correct key server and runs apt-get add on it (relevant portions here, feel free to read through the entire script though)

# ...
curl -L "${gpg_key_url}" 2> /dev/null | apt-key add - &>/dev/null
  • How did that solve the missing key problem? I'm guessing it installed a newer key itself? You didn't need to run apt-key, or maybe the script did?
    – Xen2050
    Jan 19, 2019 at 3:14
  • @Xen2050, the script has the correct URL for the key server and runs apt-key add. I've updated the answer with some details. Jan 20, 2019 at 20:48

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