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CKSUM(1)  General Commands Manual  CKSUM(1) 
NAME
cksum, md2, md4, md5, rmd160, sha1, sum — display file checksums and block countsSYNOPSIS
cksum 
[n] [a algorithm [pqtx] [s string]] [o 12] [file ...  c [w] [sumfile]] 
sum 
[n] [a algorithm [pqtx] [s string]] [o 12] [file ...  c [w] [sumfile]] 
md2 
[npqtx] [s string] [file ...  c [w] [sumfile]] 
md4 
[npqtx] [s string] [file ...  c [w] [sumfile]] 
md5 
[npqtx] [s string] [file ...  c [w] [sumfile]] 
rmd160 
[npqtx] [s string] [file ...  c [w] [sumfile]] 
sha1 
[npqtx] [s string] [file ...  c [w] [sumfile]] 
DESCRIPTION
The cksum utility writes to the standard output three whitespace separated fields for each input file. These fields are a checksum CRC, the total number of octets in the file and the file name. If no file name is specified, the standard input is used and no file name is written.The sum utility is identical to the cksum utility, except that it defaults to using historic algorithm 1, as described below. It is provided for compatibility only.
The md2, md4, md5, sha1, and rmd160 utilities compute cryptographic hash functions, and write to standard output the hexadecimal representation of the hash of their input.
The options are as follows:
 a algorithm

When invoked as cksum, use the specified algorithm. Valid algorithms are:
Algorithm Bits Description CRC
32 Default CRC algorithm MD2
128 MD2, per RFC1319
MD4
128 MD4, per RFC1320
MD5
128 MD5, per RFC1321
RMD160
160 RIPEMD160 SHA1
160 SHA1, per FIPS PUB 1801
SHA256
256 SHA2 SHA384
384 SHA2 SHA512
512 SHA2 old1
16 Algorithm 1, per o 1 old2
16 Algorithm 2, per o 2  c [sumfile]

Verify (check) files against a list of checksums. The list is read from sumfile, or from stdin if no filename is given. E.g. first run
md5 *.tgz > MD5
sha1 *.tgz > SHA1
cat MD5 SHA1  cksum c
 o

Use historic algorithms instead of the (superior) default one.
Algorithm 1 is the algorithm used by historic BSD systems as the sum(1) algorithm and by historic AT&T System V UNIX systems as the sum(1) algorithm when using the r option. This is a 16bit checksum, with a right rotation before each addition; overflow is discarded.
Algorithm 2 is the algorithm used by historic AT&T System V UNIX systems as the default sum(1) algorithm. This is a 32bit checksum, and is defined as follows:
s = sum of all bytes; r = s % 2^16 + (s % 2^32) / 2^16; cksum = (r % 2^16) + r / 2^16;
Both algorithm 1 and 2 write to the standard output the same fields as the default algorithm except that the size of the file in bytes is replaced with the size of the file in blocks. For historic reasons, the block size is 1024 for algorithm 1 and 512 for algorithm 2. Partial blocks are rounded up.
 w
 Print warnings about malformed checksum files when verifying checksums with c.
The following options apply only when using the one of the message digest algorithms:
 n
 Print the hash and the filename in the normal sum output form, with the hash at the left and the filename following on the right.
 p
 Echo input from standard input to standard output, and append the selected message digest.
 q
 Quiet mode — only the checksum is printed out. Overrides the n option.
 s string
 Print the hash of the given string string.
 t
 Run a builtin message digest time trial.
 x
 Run a builtin message digest test script. The tests that are run are supposed to encompass all the various tests in the suites that accompany the algorithms' descriptions with the exception of the last test for the SHA1 algorithm and the RIPEMD160 algorithm. The last test for these is one million copies of the lower letter a.
The default CRC used is based on the polynomial used for CRC error checking in the networking standard ISO 88023: 1989. The CRC checksum encoding is defined by the generating polynomial:
G(x) = x^32 + x^26 + x^23 + x^22 + x^16 + x^12 + x^11 + x^10 + x^8 + x^7 + x^5 + x^4 + x^2 + x + 1
Mathematically, the CRC value corresponding to a given file is defined by the following procedure:
M(x) is multiplied by x^32 (i.e., shifted left 32 bits) and divided by G(x) using mod 2 division, producing a remainder R(x) of degree ≤ 31.
The coefficients of R(x) are considered to be a 32bit sequence.
The bit sequence is complemented and the result is the CRC.
The cksum and sum utilities exit 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.
SEE ALSO
openssl(1), mtree(8)The default calculation is identical to that given in pseudocode in the following ACM article.
Dilip V. Sarwate, Computation of Cyclic Redundancy Checks Via Table Lookup, Communications of the ACM, August 1988.
R. Rivest, The MD2 MessageDigest Algorithm, RFC 1319.
R. Rivest, The MD4 MessageDigest Algorithm, RFC 1186 and RFC 1320.
R. Rivest, The MD5 MessageDigest Algorithm, RFC 1321.
U.S. DOC/NIST, Secure Hash Standard, FIPS PUB 1801.
STANDARDS
The cksum utility is expected to conform to IEEE Std 1003.12004 (“POSIX.1”).HISTORY
The cksum utility appeared in 4.4BSD. md5 was added in NetBSD 1.3. The functionality for md2, md4, sha1, and rmd160 was added in NetBSD 1.6. Support for the SHA2 algorithms (SHA256
, SHA384
, and SHA512
) was added in NetBSD 3.0. The functionality to verify checksum stored in a file (c) first appeared in NetBSD 4.0. Quiet mode (q) was added in NetBSD 7.0.August 31, 2014  NetBSD 7.0 