Filename for digests

David Shaw dshaw at
Sat Jul 23 01:33:52 CEST 2005

On Sat, Jul 23, 2005 at 03:33:53AM +0000, Oskar L. wrote:
> > Red Hat and others use a filename of "MD5SUM", which is a clearsigned
> > file containing the human readable MD5 hashes.  I like your CHECKSUMS
> > idea better since MD5 isn't the way to go any longer.
> Naming a file containing hashes CHECKSUMS would not be a good idea, since
> a hash is not the same as a checksum.

Sure they are.  Or rather, a hash makes a very effective checksum, and
that's how we're talking about using them, as a redundancy check.
Where do you think the "sum" from md5sum/sha1sum/etc comes from?


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