md5sum is missing, but not entirely

Kris Kennaway kris at
Thu Jan 18 18:44:28 UTC 2007

On Thu, Jan 18, 2007 at 01:29:44AM -0800, perryh at wrote:
> > > The command to calculate md5 sums is 'md5', not 'md5sum',
> > > and it is part of the base.
> ...
> > > 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.
> gmd5sum is indeed from a port, but md5sum does not exist at all
> on my system, either as an executable or as a manpage.  md5 does
> exist, as both an executable and a manpage.  Either md5 or gmd5sum
> can be used to verify downloads; as someone else mentioned they
> produce the same results (although formatted differently).
> > 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
> It still seems like a bug that apropos includes "md5sum(1)" in its
> output, when no such manpage exists.

Bug in that port's manpage.  Talk to the port maintainer or fix it
yourself and submit the patch.

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