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Bug#136110: md5sum binary should be from textutils, not dpkg

Package: dpkg
Version: 1.9.19
Severity: wishlist

The md5sum binary included in the textutils package is much more
featureful; for example, it supports reading in md5sums from stdin (echo
"foo  <checksum>" | md5sum -c -).  dpkg should either add support for
this feature to its md5sum binary, use textutil's md5sum, or use
dpkg-divert to allow textutils to overwrite /usr/bin/md5sum.

For scripts that need to be run on several different distros, having a
dpkg-specific md5sum binary that doesn't accept the same args as
textutils is _really_ annoying.

I'm submitting a similar bug against the textutils package, in hopes
that you folks and Xu will agree on using diversions.

Andres Salomon <dilinger@voxel.net>
Voxel Dot Net, Inc. 518.269.0569

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