sign man page

sign ā€” sign files or rpms


sign [-c|-d |-r] [-u user] [-h hash] [file]
sign -k|-p [-u user] [-h hash]
sign -t


sign adds a cryptographic signature to a file. It can add a clearsign signature (-c option), create a detached signature (-d option), or add a signature block to a rpm package (-r option). If no mode is specified, sign does a rpm sign if the file name ends in ".rpm", otherwise it does a clearsign. If no file name is specified, sign reads from stdin and writes to stdout.

One can specify a specific user or hash method with the -u and -h option. Currently sign understands the sha1 and sha256 hashes.

sign does not create the signature by itself, it needs a running signing daemon (called signd) to do the work. The host and port information is read from the /etc/sign.conf file.

The -k option makes sign print the keyid instead of signing a file, the -p option makes it print the public key.


sign needs to bind to a reserved port, it thus works only for user root or needs to be installed suid-root. If the latter is the case, sign grants the users specified in the "allowuser" lines of the configuration the right to sign files.


sign currently only creates the "header+payload" signature when signing rpms. It should also add the "header only" signature.

Exit Status

sign returns 0 if everything worked, otherwise it returns 1 and prints an error message to stderr.

See Also

signd(8), sign.conf(5)

Referenced By

sign.conf(5), signd(8).

Apr 2007