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bug#6056: base32 output for md5sum sha1sum etc.

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: bug#6056: base32 output for md5sum sha1sum etc.
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 19:37:56 +0200

tags 6056 + moreinfo

Pádraig Brady wrote:
> On 27/04/10 22:42, Alan Curry wrote:
>> In the dark ages before the bug tracker (i.e. November), a message was sent:
>> http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-coreutils/2009-11/msg00206.html
>> providing an RFC4648 base32 output option for the cryptographic hash
>> utilities. I'm sending this now to
>> 1. endorse the idea
>> 2. get it a bug number so it might be noticed
> I'm sorry for not responding.
> I was sure I did because I did a bit of searching
> and thought that this was specific to Internet Archive's tools
> and so not appropriate for inclusion.
> Could you give examples of where you would
> find this useful?

I wondered that, too.

> I also notice that it was easy enough to
> write base32 wrappers for these tools:
> md5sum ... |
> perl -anle 'use Convert::Base32;\
> $h32=uc(encode_base32(pack("H40", $F[0]))); print "$h32  $F[1]";'

This is a strong argument not to encumber the tool
with a new option.

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