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7.5 Invoking guix git authenticate

The guix git authenticate command authenticates a Git checkout following the same rule as for channels (veja channel authentication). That is, starting from a given commit, it ensures that all subsequent commits are signed by an OpenPGP key whose fingerprint appears in the .guix-authorizations file of its parent commit(s).

You will find this command useful if you maintain a channel. But in fact, this authentication mechanism is useful in a broader context, so you might want to use it for Git repositories that have nothing to do with Guix.

The general syntax is:

guix git authenticate commit signer [options…]

By default, this command authenticates the Git checkout in the current directory; it outputs nothing and exits with exit code zero on success and non-zero on failure. commit above denotes the first commit where authentication takes place, and signer is the OpenPGP fingerprint of public key used to sign commit. Together, they form a channel introduction (veja channel introduction). On your first successful run, the introduction is recorded in the .git/config file of your checkout, allowing you to omit them from subsequent invocations:

guix git authenticate [options…]

Should you have branches that require different introductions, you can specify them directly in .git/config. For example, if the branch called personal-fork has a different introduction than other branches, you can extend .git/config along these lines:

[guix "authentication-personal-fork"]
	introduction-commit = cabba936fd807b096b48283debdcddccfea3900d
	introduction-signer = C0FF EECA BBA9 E6A8 0D1D  E643 A2A0 6DF2 A33A 54FA
	keyring = keyring

The first run also attempts to install pre-push and post-merge hooks, such that guix git authenticate is invoked as soon as you run git push, git pull, and related commands; it does not overwrite preexisting hooks though.

The command-line options described below allow you to fine-tune the process.

-r directory

Open the Git repository in directory instead of the current directory.

-k reference

Load OpenPGP keyring from reference, the reference of a branch such as origin/keyring or my-keyring. The branch must contain OpenPGP public keys in .key files, either in binary form or “ASCII-armored”. By default the keyring is loaded from the branch named keyring.


Authenticate revisions up to commit.


Display commit signing statistics upon completion.


Previously-authenticated commits are cached in a file under ~/.cache/guix/authentication. This option forces the cache to be stored in file key in that directory.


By default, any commit whose parent commit(s) lack the .guix-authorizations file is considered inauthentic. In contrast, this option considers the authorizations in file for any commit that lacks .guix-authorizations. The format of file is the same as that of .guix-authorizations (veja .guix-authorizations format).

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