What is md5sum???

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Old 09-25-2001
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Hi all,

I am kinda puzzled. When and Why do we use md5sum? I've read man pages for mp5sum, but didn't get anything out of it. Please, can someone explain this to me in couple of words.

Thank you all.
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Old 09-25-2001
It is a checksum. This is a way to tel lis a file has become corrupted during copying etc...

if the file is identical, then it will have the same md5sum, but if as much as 1 byte of data is changed, then the md5sum is different...

Mainly used to verify copied data
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