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Re: Bug#366780: ITP: summain -- compute and verify file checksums

Hello Lars,

On Thu, 2006-05-11 at 03:35 +0300, Lars Wirzenius wrote:
>  A checksum is a number that identifies the contents of a file: if the
>  contents change, so does the checksum. If you create a checksum before
>  you burn a CD, when you know the files are correct, you can easily
>  check the CD at any time: just compute the checksum again and see if
>  they have changed.
>  .
>  summain computes and checks files against such checksums. It supports
>  both MD5 and SHA-1 checksums, using formats compatible with the md5sum
>  and sha1sum utilities, both for reading and writing. In addition, it
>  can read and verify checksums from Debian .dsc, .changes, and Sources
>  files.
> (This ITP is for a program not quite released yet. I hope to get some
> feedback on the description. The release and package upload to NEW will
> happen once Debcamp6 Internet access gets more usable, or when I return
> home.)

I like the description, but I'd switch the two paragraphs. People
reading the details for this package would in most cases already be
familiar with what a checksum is. It's good to explain it for those not
yet "in the know", but it might be better to demote that information.


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