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This library provides an implementation of the rpm's pgp interface using Sequoia.


This library's crypto policy can be customized. It finds the configuration file by checking the following in turn:

  • the RPM_SEQUOIA_CRYPTO_POLICY environment variable,
  • /etc/crypto-policies/back-ends/rpm-sequoia.config,
  • the SEQUOIA_CRYPTO_POLICY environment variable, and finally,
  • /etc/crypto-policies/back-ends/sequoia.config.

Only the first configuration file that is present is used. If an environment is set to the empty string, then an empty configuration file is used. That is, the default policy is used.

Thus, if RPM_SEQUOIA_CRYPTO_POLICY is not set, and /etc/crypto-policies/back-ends/rpm-sequoia.config, the latter will be used. In this case, SEQUOIA_CRYPTO_POLICY and /etc/crypto-policies/back-ends/sequoia.config will be completely ignored.

Refer to the Fedora Crypto Policy project for information about the crypto policy.


To build, you need rustc (version 1.63 or later), cargo, and nettle-devel, which is the cryptographic library that Sequoia uses by default.

Here's how to build rpm-sequoia and a version of rpm that uses it:

$ sudo dnf install cargo rustc clang pkg-config nettle-devel
$ mkdir /tmp/rpm
$ cd /tmp/rpm
$ git clone git@github.com:rpm-software-management/rpm-sequoia.git
Cloning into 'rpm-sequoia'...
$ cd rpm-sequoia
$ PREFIX=/usr LIBDIR="\${prefix}/lib64" \
  cargo build --release && cargo test --release
    Updating crates.io index
test result: ok. ...
$ cd /tmp/rpm
$ git clone git@github.com:rpm-software-management/rpm.git
Cloning into 'rpm'...
$ cd rpm
$ git checkout rpm-4.18.1-release
Switched to a new branch 'rpm-4.18.1-release'
$ sudo dnf install automake autoconf gettext-devel libtool tar zlib-devel file-devel libarchive-devel popt-devel sqlite-devel lua-devel fakechroot
$ autoreconf -fis
$ mkdir b
$ cd b
$ export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/tmp/rpm/rpm-sequoia/target/release
$ export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/tmp/rpm/rpm-sequoia/target/release
$ ../configure --prefix=/ --with-crypto=sequoia
$ make
$ make check

Note: this builds version 4.18 of rpm, which is the current stable release of rpm. The current development branch of rpm has switched to using cmake instead of autoconf. Please refer to rpm's INSTALL file for how to build master.

To use a different cryptographic backend, you need to disable the default backend, and select your preferred backend. For instance, to use Sequoia's OpenSSL backend, you would compile rpm-sequoia as follows:

$ cargo build --release --no-default-features --features crypto-openssl

See sequoia-openpgp's README for the list of currently supported cryptographic backends.

The rpm-sequoia artifacts (the .a, .so, and the .pc files) are placed in the build directory, which, in this case, is /tmp/rpm/rpm-sequoia/target/release.

We also set two environment variables when calling cargo build:

  • PREFIX is the prefix that will be used in the generated rpm-sequoia.pc file. It defaults to /usr/local.

  • LIBDIR is the installed library path listed in the generated metadata. It can be an absolute path or one based on ${prefix}, and defaults to ${prefix}/lib.

To run just one or two tests, do something like the following:

Note: when building or running the test suite, it is essential to make sure PKG_CONFIG_PATH and LD_LIBRARY_PATH are set appropriately (as in the above transcript).

$ cd /tmp/rpm/rpm/b/tests
$ export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/tmp/rpm/rpm-sequoia/target/release
$ export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/tmp/rpm/rpm-sequoia/target/release
$ make populate_testing
$ T="266 273"; for t in $T; do if ! ../../tests/rpmtests $t; then cat rpmtests.dir/$t/rpmtests.log; fi; done

To get tracing output, set RPM_TRACE to 1:

$ cd /tmp/rpm/rpm/b/tests
$ export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/tmp/rpm/rpm-sequoia/target/release
$ export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/tmp/rpm/rpm-sequoia/target/release
$ make populate_testing
$ export RPM_TRACE=1
$ ../../tests/rpmtests 273
$ cat rpmtests.dir/273/rpmtests.log
+pgpDigParamsFree: -> success
+rpmFreeCrypto: entered
+rpmFreeCrypto: -> success
273. rpmsigdig.at:495: 273. rpmsign --addsign (rpmsigdig.at:495): FAILED (rpmsigdig.at:503)


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