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Don't you think there are too many *sum utilities?

From: xandrous
Subject: Don't you think there are too many *sum utilities?
Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2007 19:22:53 +0400

Hi, honourable coreutils developers.

Current stable version of coreutils (6.9) has 8(!) utilities which
somehow compute or/and check a message digest. They are: 'md5sum',
'sha1sum', 'sha224sum', 'sha256sum', 'sha384sum', 'sha512sum' and
finally 'sum' and 'cksum'. It's already a little bit confusing and it
seems that it isn't the endpoint yet. There is at least one more under
discussion right now - 'md4sum'.

I don't want to say some of them are odd, but in my (humble) opinion
there are too many binaries. Why don't we pool them (at least first
five, which have the same usage) together in one program and add
command line option which will select an algorithm.


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