how can i be certain that a file has copied exactly?

Gary Kline kline at
Sat Dec 27 02:10:28 UTC 2008

On Fri, Dec 26, 2008 at 08:32:45PM -0500, Lowell Gilbert wrote:
> Gary Kline <kline at> writes:
> > 	is there a way i can be sure that my little C program has copied a
> > 	dos/win file named, say, foo.htm\;7 to simply foo.htm?
> >
> > 	my program uses fopen/fgets/fputs to copy the markup files.  of
> > 	the several i have copied, no problem.  unless i hack cmp or diff, 
> > 	i have to avoid the shell.
> >
> > 	any ideas? in other words, does anybody have a prefab cmp(oldfile, newfile)
> > 	fn?
> mtree(1) handles whole ranges of files.
> For a single file, you could use some kind of checksum in your program
> or externally, but in general it will be comparing against the cache of
> the file's buffers, not against what is really on disk, so if you
> suspect an operating system or hardware-write bug, you won't spot it
> immediately.
> What, precisely, would you like to protect against?

	again bad copies!  mtree might work, but given the number of
	files, i'd be better off hacking usr.bin/cmp !!  


	enjoy, spring is only 90 da off:-)

> -- 
> Lowell Gilbert, embedded/networking software engineer, Boston area

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