Linux md5sum script


I would like a script to achieve the following:

(Example locations only)
/tmp/sample-files contains the following files: md5-1, md5-2, md5-3 etc

1. Run the script against the target directory /tmp/sample-files
2. Create a file that contains a list of the files to be checksummed (md5-sum-src)
3. Run the md5sum command against the above file and output the results to another file (md5-sum-results).


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Why do you need an intermediate file?

Just run

md5sum /tmp/sample-files/* > md5-sum-results

That's all.

PhilMacavityAuthor Commented:
Hi Wmp,

Thaks for the comment.

md5sum /tmp/sample-files/* > md5-sum-results would work for my initial plans . Instead of, having to run the md5sum command multiple times against the target directories, i was planning to run it once against a src file containing a list of the files to be checksummed.


To pull a checksum you will have to access the files (and thus their directories) nonetheless, so what should the file be good for?

Do you expect that the contents of the directories change regularly?

Ok, using an intermediate file would avoid checking new files (which might be intended), but would also try to checksum deleted files, which will lead to errors.

And you don't have to run the md5sum command multiple times:

md5sum /tmp/sample-files-1/* /tmp/sample-files-2/* /tmp/sample-files-3/* > md5-sum-results


find  /tmp/sample-files -type f > md5-sum-src

while read file; do
  md5sum $file >> md5-sum-results
   done < md5-sum-src


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PhilMacavityAuthor Commented:
Hi wmp,

Thanks for the suggestions. These should be enough for me to achieve what i need.


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