Getting started, optional steps

Optional: Selecting the catalog release

By default, pkgutil is configured to use the testing catalog. See catalog releases for information on releases.

You might want change it to unstable on your development hosts to catch any issues before they hit the testing catalog. Or you can switch it to stable if you want no updates (except for new stable releases).

You can verify the setting with pkgutil -V

maxpkglist              10000 (default: 10000)
noncsw                  false (default: false)

On the next catalog update with pkgutil -U the catalogs indexes are downloaded from the new mirror.

Optional: Cryptographic verification

The catalog is signed with PGP and it is a good idea to set up your system to verify the integrity of the catalog. As the catalog itself contains hashes for all packages in the catalog this ensures you actually install the packages which were officially released. First you need to install cswpki (of course with pkgutil!):

pkgutil -y -i cswpki

Then you need to import the public key:

root# cswpki --import

The current fingerprint looks like this:

# gpg --homedir=/var/opt/csw/pki/ --fingerprint
pub   1024D/9306CC77 2011-08-31
      Key fingerprint = 4DCE 3C80 AAB2 CAB1 E60C  9A3C 05F4 2D66 9306 CC77
uid                  OpenCSW catalog signing <>
sub   2048g/971EDE93 2011-08-31

You may also trust the key once you verified the fingerprint:

root# gpg --homedir=/var/opt/csw/pki --edit-key trust

Now everything is in place for enabling security in pkgutil. Edit the /etc/opt/csw/pkgutil.conf and uncomment the two lines with use_gpg and use_md5 so they look like this:


You can verify that it worked with pkgutil -V:

root@login [login]:/etc/opt/csw > pkgutil -V
show_current            true (default: true)
stop_on_hook_soft_error not set (default: false)
use_gpg                 true (default: false)
use_md5                 true (default: false)
wgetopts                not set (default: none)

On the next pkgutil -U you should see a catalog integrity verification wit gpg:

Checking integrity of /var/opt/csw/pkgutil/catalog.mirror_opencsw_current_sparc_5.10 with gpg.
gpg: Signature made Thu Oct 03 00:32:57 2013 CEST using DSA key ID 9306CC77
gpg: Good signature from "OpenCSW catalog signing <>"
gpg: WARNING: This key is not certified with a trusted signature!
gpg:          There is no indication that the signature belongs to the owner.
Primary key fingerprint: 4DCE 3C80 AAB2 CAB1 E60C  9A3C 05F4 2D66 9306 CC77
Looking for packages that can be upgraded ...
Solving needed dependencies ...
Solving dependency order ...

Nothing to do.

Optional: Selecting your mirror

For faster downloads, you can select a mirror geographically close to you.

Please uncomment the line with mirror in /etc/opt/csw/pkgutil.conf so it looks similar to this with the URL replaced by the mirror you picked:


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