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Old 4th April 2016
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Default [SOLVED] signify: unable to parse checksum error.

I want to keep track of the hashes of config files that I am saving for future use. Below is an example of what I am referring to.

untrusted comment: verify with mykey.pub
SHA256 (mixerctl.conf.cfg) = bafc3c2ecc10fb26cdc0534c159465d1bc25fac3b17c13648ab8679be05384c4
SHA256 (xfce_4.1.2p.cfg) = de5dd202811c8e2ec334c31750111cde1e047fb574dcbcafc8bb14457e2d79ec
The above file is the result of copying and pasting the checksums output for the two files to a text file, and then signing it with the signify key using the -e option.

How I signed the above file:

$ signify -S -e -s mykey.sec -m SHA256 -x SHA256.sig
Below is the error I get when I try to verify the signatures.

$ signify -C -p mykey.pub -x SHA256.sig xfce_4.1.2p.cfg
Signature Verified
signify: unable to parse checksum line 

The above error is no longer. Instead the file checks OK.

The exact above process worked after recreating it using a graphical text editor, rather than vi.
A hidden character could have been pasted into vi that caused signify to throw an error.

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Don't edit signed files.
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Old 5th April 2016
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Originally Posted by jjstorm View Post
I want to keep track of the hashes of config files that I am saving for future use.
You may also want to look at mtree(8). It is designed exactly for this purpose.
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