BAD signatures for GnuPG Stable

Steve Butler sbutler at
Thu Jan 28 21:16:53 CET 2016

Did you say this was on a VM?  We've had corrupted files with 'cp' from one file system to another on a VM box if it decided to do a vmotion while the copy was in progress.

Just remember -- "To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer."(Paul Ehrlich)

-----Original Message-----
From: Gnupg-users [mailto:gnupg-users-bounces at] On Behalf Of Ingo Klöcker
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2016 11:52 AM
To: gnupg-users at
Subject: Re: BAD signatures for GnuPG Stable

On Thursday 28 January 2016 09:31:31 Aaron Tovo wrote:
> Thanks for the info.
> Today I re-downloaded the .bz2 and .sig. And the verification worked 
> (see output below). I did file diffs between the new and the previous 
> downloads with 'diff' and they are identical. So I tried verify on the 
> previous download and it worked this time. Very confusing.

I had a similarly confusing incident with some FLAC files intermittently being logged as corrupted by vlc. It turned out that I had bad RAM that lead to subtle differences in the files if they happened to be put onto the bad RAM by the kernel's file cache.

Long story short, I suggest that you check your RAM.


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