8.04 md5sums

Karl Larsen k5di at zianet.com
Fri Apr 25 00:29:33 BST 2008


Mario Vukelic wrote:
> On Thu, 2008-04-24 at 16:40 -0600, Karl Larsen wrote:
>   
>>     I think your all missing the boat. The md5sum is a way to increase 
>> the probability that the software on that mirror is the same as the 
>> master.
>>     
>
> Nobody disputed that
>
>   
>>  But before you go looking for it Download the software and see 
>> if it works. I have been 100% lucky. 
>>     
>
> Why would I waste a blank CD and some of my time to find out that the
> download was botched if I can just check the md5sum?
>
>   
>> I have 2 LiveCD's that loaded my 
>> computer and I have no idea what the md5sum is and care not the least :-)
>>     If your download doesn't work a check will be against the sum and 
>> such things. But as a rule the problem is the Nut behind the wheel.
>>     
>
> Other things can happen than just erroneous downloads, even to Debian
> who certainly know what they do, not even to speak about bittorrent.
> http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/07/msg00003.html
>
>
>   
    What does bittorrent have to do with sum?


Karl


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