Fix slackpkg verification of the gpg signature failed error in Slackware

So you installed Slackware and after selecting a package mirror in /etc/slackpkg/mirrors file, you as root did,

slackpkg update

But instead of updating the package list, slackpkg complained and threw this error,

ERROR: Verification of the  gpg signature on CHECKSUMS.md5
	failed! This could mean that the file is out of date
	or has been tampered with. If you use
	as your mirror, this could also mean that the mirror to
	which you got redirected is not yet updated with the most
	recent changes in the Slackware tree.

First thing you need to do is make sure that the system clock is set to correct date and time. If it is not set to correct time, open terminal emulator and run as root,


This should automagically correct the system time but if for some reason the server is busy, try the following server,


Next just make sure that NTP service is enabled at boot to avoid incorrect date/time in future. In terminal as root do,

chmod 755 /etc/rc.d/rc.ntpd
/etc/rc.d/rc.ntpd start

And finally, as root run the following command to update GPG keys,

slackpkg update gpg

And the moment of truth,

slackpkg update

In 99.99% cases the update process would go without a hitch and if it does, don’t forget to upgrade your Slackware install,

slackpkg upgrade

May the Slack be with you!

May the Slack be with you

 Date: February 17, 2022
 Tags:  slackpkg slackware

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