md5sum is missing, but not entirely

RW fbsd06 at
Wed Jan 17 17:49:17 UTC 2007

On Wed, 17 Jan 2007 07:36:30 -0000
"Martin Tournoij" <carpetsmoker at> wrote:
> The command to calculate md5 sums is 'md5', not 'md5sum', and it is
> part of the base.
> On my system (6.2-RC2)
> apropos md5 | grep sum:
> md5(1), sha1(1), sha256(1), rmd160(1) - calculate a message-digest  
> fingerprint (checksum) for a file.
> Not sure why apropos md5 shows md5sum and gmd5sum (g for gnu?), maybe
> it's from a port.
> I also suspect that gmd5sum is a link to md5sum or vice versa.

The coreutils package installs the GNU utilities that form the basis of
Linux distributions - grep, chmod etc.  Since most of these names clash
with the FreeBSD base system, the binaries all get renamed with a
"g" prefix. The GNU docs still internally refer to them with their
original names e.g. "man gmd5sum" will refer to md5sum

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