CKSUM(1)                    General Commands Manual                   CKSUM(1)


     cksum - display file checksums and block counts


     cksum [-bcpqrtx] [-a algorithms] [-C checklist] [-h hashfile] [-s string]
           [file ...]


     The cksum utility writes to the standard output a single line for each
     input file.  The format of this line varies with the algorithm being used
     as follows:

     cksum       The output line consists of three whitespace separated
                 fields: a CRC checksum, the number of octets in the input,
                 and name of the file or string.  If no file name is
                 specified, the standard input is used and no file name is

     all others  The output line consists of four whitespace separated fields:
                 the name of the algorithm used, the name of the file or
                 string in parentheses, an equals sign, and the cryptographic
                 hash of the input.  If no file name is specified, the
                 standard input is used and only the cryptographic hash is

     The options are as follows:

     -a algorithms
             Use the specified algorithm(s) instead of the default (cksum).
             Supported algorithms include cksum, md5, rmd160, sha1, sha224,
             sha256, sha384, sha512/256, and sha512.  Multiple algorithms may
             be specified, separated by a comma or whitespace.  Additionally,
             multiple -a options may be specified on the command line.  Case
             is ignored when matching algorithms.  The output format may be
             specified on a per-algorithm basis by using a single-character
             suffix, e.g. "sha256b".  If the algorithm has a `b' suffix, the
             checksum will be output in base64 format.  If the algorithm has
             an `x' suffix, the checksum will be output in hex format.  If an
             algorithm with the same output format is repeated, only the first
             instance is used.  Note that output format suffixes are not
             supported for the cksum algorithm.

     -b      Output checksums in base64 notation, not hexadecimal by default.
             A `b' or `x' suffix on the algorithm will override this default.
             This option is ignored for the cksum algorithm.

     -C checklist
             Compare the checksum of each file against the checksums in the
             checklist.  Any specified file that is not listed in the
             checklist will generate an error.

     -c      If this option is specified, the file options become checklists.
             Each checklist should contain hash results in the normal format,
             which will be verified against the specified paths.  Output
             consists of the digest used, the file name, and an OK, FAILED, or
             MISSING for the result of the comparison.  This will validate any
             of the supported checksums.  If no file is given, stdin is used.
             The -c option may not be used in conjunction with more than a
             single -a option.

     -h hashfile
             Place the checksum into hashfile instead of stdout.

     -p      Echoes stdin to stdout and appends the checksum to stdout.

     -q      Only print the checksum (quiet mode) or if used in conjunction
             with the -c flag, only print the failed cases.

     -r      Reverse the format of the hash algorithm output, making it match
             the checksum output format.

     -s string
             Prints a checksum of the given string.

     -t      Runs a built-in time trial.  Specifying -t multiple times results
             in the number of rounds being multiplied by 10 for each
             additional flag.

     -x      Runs a built-in test script.

     The default CRC used is based on the polynomial used for CRC error
     checking in the networking standard ISO/IEC 8802-3:1996.  The other
     available algorithms are described in their respective man pages in
     section 3 of the manual.


     The cksum utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.



     The default calculation is identical to that given in pseudo-code in the
     following ACM article:

     Dilip V. Sarwate, "Computation of Cyclic Redundancy Checks Via Table
     Lookup", Communications of the ACM, August 1988.


     The cksum utility is compliant with the IEEE Std 1003.1-2008 ("POSIX.1")

     All the flags are extensions to that specification.


     The cksum utility appeared in 4.4BSD.


     Do not use the cksum or md5 algorithms to verify file integrity.  An
     attacker can trivially produce modified payload that has the same
     checksum as the original version.  Use a cryptographic checksum instead.

OpenBSD 6.4                    September 3, 2016                   OpenBSD 6.4

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