email@example.com (Ian Jackson) wrote on 20.02.96 in <[🔎] m0toreL-0002YAC@chiark.chu.cam.ac.uk>:
> Bill Hogan writes ("Re: md5sum") [SuperCite undone]:
> > Hence my question: What is the correct -- i.e., best, proper,
> > least error-prone -- way to invoke md5sum to *APPLY* the checksums
> > that are printed in Packages.gz?
> > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> You can't "apply" a checksum. I have no idea what you're talking
> about, I'm afraid.
Hmm. Maybe my memory is faulty, but I do remember that md5sum does have an
option to do that. Let me have a look ... ah yes:
usage: md5sum [-bv] [-c [file]] | [file...]
Generates or checks MD5 Message Digests
-c check message digests (default is generate)
-v verbose, print file names when checking
-b read files in binary mode
The input for -c should be the list of message digests and file names
that is printed on stdout by this program when it generates digests.
I don't know if that could be used somehow ...