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Re: Wierd issue with md5sum.

From: Jon Larabee
Subject: Re: Wierd issue with md5sum.
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2004 22:39:56 -0500 (EST)


I posted a while back with this wierd issue to md5sum and I would like to post a reply (mostly to admit my denseness) as I can now relate the cause of this issue. The cause which I have now been able to replicate is, that I type too fast. For this particular file for which I was using the md5sum command, I immediatly cat a filename which holds the previous sum I took the night before to compare it. Basically, I have gotten so used to doing it that I type it out very fast. If I type fast enough, the 'c' of cat ends up being typed before the output to md5sum is dropped to the terminal and it is prepended onto the hash. I as I mentioned just caught myself doing it, and it is indeed a timing issue, but I have been able to replicate it several times. I truly apologize posting this boneheaded question, and I apperciate the prompt and kind suggestions I recieved. I just thought you all might get a kick out of it.



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