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bug#8766: Bug in sha1sum?

From: Theo Band
Subject: bug#8766: Bug in sha1sum?
Date: Tue, 31 May 2011 09:39:45 +0200
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On 05/31/2011 01:03 AM, Alan Curry wrote:
> Theo Band writes:
>> Hi
>> I'm not sure, but I think I found a bug in sha1sum. It's easy to
>> reproduce with any file that contains a backslash (\) in the name:
>> echo test > test
>> $ sha1sum test
>> 4e1243bd22c66e76c2ba9eddc1f91394e57f9f83  test
>> $ mv test 'test\test'
>> $ sha1sum 'test\test'
>> \4e1243bd22c66e76c2ba9eddc1f91394e57f9f83  test\\test
>> I expect the file sha1sum to be the same after renaming the file (a
>> backslash is prepended to the otherwise correct result).
> This result violated my expectations too, but it turns out to be a documented
> feature:
>      For each FILE, `md5sum' outputs the MD5 checksum, a flag indicating
>   a binary or text input file, and the file name.  If FILE contains a
>   backslash or newline, the line is started with a backslash, and each
>   problematic character in the file name is escaped with a backslash,
>   making the output unambiguous even in the presence of arbitrary file
>   names.  If FILE is omitted or specified as `-', standard input is read.
> (the sha*sum utilities all refer back to md5sum's description)
> I better go fix all my scripts that rely on /^[0-9a-f]{32} /
man sha1sum, info sha1sum and sha1sum --help don't show me this info.
Instead I read this:

> The default mode is to print a line with checksum, a character
indicating type (`*' for binary, ` ' for text), and name for each FILE.

Would that mean the documentation in the coreutils-5.97-23.el5_6.4 is
outdated? If so, is there perhaps an undocumented option that does not
output this backslash?
I make an index of all my files to find duplicates. The backslash
doesn't help.


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