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    How do I calculate this md5 sum and what is it for?

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    Re: md5 sum?

    Quote Originally Posted by maol9883
    How do I calculate this md5 sum and what is it for?
    What MD5 sum might you be wanting to calculate?

    MD5 sum is a mathematical equation used to determine whether a file you downloaded (usually an ISO) is viable or whether the download got corrupted. You usually don't have to generate the MD5 sums yourself, just check them using the md5sum program.
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    I just checked a gentoo-install ISO. I checked OK, but I've (as far as I know) never encounter a corrupt file...

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    Quote Originally Posted by maol9883
    I just checked a gentoo-install ISO. I checked OK, but I've (as far as I know) never encounter a corrupt file...
    That's a good thing. It doesn't happen often, but it can be a serious pain if you've spent hours downloading an ISO, then burn it and realize the download was bad. IMHO it's good practice to md5sum check before you burn.
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