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Old 03-31-2005, 07:42 AM   #1
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What is MD5 Verification


In case of downloading a complete linux package, I have found MD5 verification. What is that and what it does? Should I at all need it?

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Old 03-31-2005, 07:55 AM   #2
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Hi,

With these MD5 checksums you can, among other things, make sure the (downloaded) package isn't corrupt/tampered with.

Digital_Signatures

MD5 is an encryption method used for more then package verification (password encryption can also be done using MD5, to name just one other implementation).

Also take a look at man md5sum

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Old 03-31-2005, 08:05 AM   #3
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Well, that means if I download a Linux Distro and also download the respective MD5 and if I have problem during downloading, the MD5 will test it and report it whether the download is good or bad.......am I right?

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Old 03-31-2005, 08:09 AM   #4
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Hi,

Yes, you are.
 
Old 03-31-2005, 08:27 AM   #5
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Wonderful.......

Thank you 'druuna' for your kind information.

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Old 03-31-2005, 08:39 AM   #6
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Sorry to disturb you again, though I have made this question to another post but not getting a satisfactory response, I am asking it to you in this post, I know it is odd in this heading and I am really sorry for that. I only need the solution.

I am going to download the Gentoo 2005.0 release. I never downloaded a distro. What type of download I should prefer i) from the mirror site or ii) the Bit Torrent Server? What is the difference between them?
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Old 03-31-2005, 08:56 AM   #7
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Hi,

I always download 'plain' iso's.

This looks like a good startingpoint:

Malaysian Open Source software mirror

I don't use/have used Bit Torrent (or alike), so cannot tell you the difference.
 
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Thank you for your suggestion...
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