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bug#7313: sha1sum etc, output in base64

From: Pádraig Brady
Subject: bug#7313: sha1sum etc, output in base64
Date: Tue, 02 Nov 2010 16:20:05 +0000
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On 02/11/10 13:16, Caleb Cushing wrote:
> I'd like to be able to do something like this
> sha1sum --base64
> and instead of getting a hex representation get a base64 representation.
> An alternative might be
> sha1sum --raw | base64
> obviously this applies to md5sum, sha512sum, etc

This is one of those border line cases.
I'm 40:60 against adding it as it seems easy enough
to acheive using existing tools:

env printf $(sha1sum file | sed 's/ .*//; s/\(..\)/\\x\1/g') | base64

Note using env above is to bypass the inbuilt printf
which doesn't support \x on dash for example.


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