MD XF MD XF - 1 month ago 15
Linux Question

What is an md5sum file used for?

What is the purpose of an md5sum file?

Bit of background information: To load the ntfs-3g extension for TinyCore I downloaded

ntfs-3g.tcz
but not
ntfs-3g.tcz.md5sum.txt
. The extension would not load without the md5sum file. I'm wondering why that file is necessary.

Answer

An md5sum file is used to check the authenticity of another file. If you name a file filename.zip and want to check the authenticity of a file, the canon filename for an md5sum would be filename.zip.md5sum.txt.

In this context, the md5sum is used to make sure that the file was not changed while downloading from the TinyCore servers.

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