bin/103845: sha256 /dev/acd0 returns immediately

Bruce Evans bde at
Sat Sep 30 08:40:26 PDT 2006

The following reply was made to PR bin/103845; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Bruce Evans <bde at>
To: Ruslan Ermilov <ru at>
Cc: Helmut Schellong <var at>, freebsd-gnats-submit at
Subject: Re: bin/103845: sha256 /dev/acd0  returns immediately
Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2006 01:30:33 +1000 (EST)

 On Sat, 30 Sep 2006, Ruslan Ermilov wrote:
 > On Sat, Sep 30, 2006 at 09:51:45PM +1000, Bruce Evans wrote:
 >> md5(1) and friends haven't worked for files specified on the command
 >> line since 2001.
 > I think you meant to say "for device special files".
 I meant "for most types of files, if the files are specified on the
 command line".
 > $ md5 /bin/cat /bin/cp
 > MD5 (/bin/cat) = 51c9c34f1d2db0f73d043929556a687b
 > MD5 (/bin/cp) = b456419be246512f9fe3ac1cd4219331
 Of course it still works for the usual case :-).
 >> At least for md5, this is due to a bug in libmd.
 >> MDXFileChunk() has been used to implement MDXFile() since 2001, but
 >> MDXFileChunk() cannot be used for this since it assumes that the file
 >> is a regular file (or perhaps a symlink) so that st_size is valid and
 >> the file is seekable.
 More details:
 - md5 on a symlink follows the symlink so md5 on the symlink itself is
    not supported
 - md5 on a named pipe fails with a seek error
 - md5 on one of the irregular regular files in /proc sees an empty file.

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