Filename for digests

Oskar L. oskar at
Sat Jul 16 17:56:16 CEST 2005

> > Sorry if this is a bit off topic. When you calculate the hashes (sha1)
> > several files, and save them in a singel file, then is there any standard
> > witch states or suggests what this file should be called?
> Not that I know of.  The format used by sha1sum is probably the best
> suited one.
> Salam-Shalom,
>    Werner

Yes, I agree that the standard format is the best one to use, but I was
asking about the name of the file, not it's format. For example, if I'm
going to share a directory with 1000 files, it would be inconvenient to
save each file's hash as a separate file, and just add a .sha1 extension
(resulting in 2000 files). So therefore I would store all the hashes in
one file. But what should this file be called? sha1sums? hashes.sha1?
digests.sha1? Is the .sha1 extension important? If there really isn't a
standard for this, then if the user don't know if hashes are included or
not, she or he would have to open all the files witch she or he suspect
might contain hashes (like readme, info, important etc.), witch would be
very irritating.


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