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Old 08-30-2003, 12:54 PM   #1
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Question Help with MD5SUM

After downloading the ISO images, you can look at Red Hat's MD5 checksums for the ISO images to ensure that your download was successful. Do this by running the md5sum program from a shell prompt against your ISO images and comparing the values returned against the ones published by Red Hat. The file from Red Hat containing the official md5sum values is called MD5SUM and is located in the same directory as the ISO images on the FTP site.

I am not sure what "a shell prompt" means.

I have downloaded shrike-i386-disc1 thru disc3 and would like to verify that my downloads are accurate. I have tried running "md5sum shrike-i386-disc1.iso" from the DOS prompt within WindowsXP-Pro but I get the following error message:

'md5sum' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

I would appreciate some help on how to do this file verification.

Old 08-30-2003, 02:20 PM   #2
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The shell is another word for hopping onto the command line...

What you do is that you go to the command line (if you have linux installed) then you simply type md5sum followed by "what-ever-the-name-the-of-the-file-is-that-you-wan-to-check-is" and then you press enter.

After moments of calculation the MD5 checksum should appear on your screen and you can compare the checksum you have been given against the checksum you got from the program. If the checksums match you should have an OK ISO to burn.

However you need to use a sumchecker that runs under WinXP - KI will check who might have some program you could use under XP...

Hang in there!
Old 08-30-2003, 02:28 PM   #3
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Sum Checking

Yup - point you to both a DOS and a Windows sum checker.

DOS = (press on the link that leads to the DOS checking utility) or go to and see if you can find it...

Windows =

Good Luck With RH

I have switched from Win - And I'm far better off, had 1 crash in 6 months (self inflicted ) compared to the 6-10 daily crashes before I switched...

Hope you can share my luck... well maybe luck isn't the question - maybe it's the platform :-)

Take care!
Old 08-30-2003, 11:45 PM   #4
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Thank you Nimoy,

That is just what I needed. I have now verified that I have 3 good iso files.

Now to figure out how to make the CDs.

See my other thread on this topic.


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