recurisvely md5 all files in a tree

find ./backup -type f -print0 | xargs -0 md5sum > /checksums_backup.md5

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By: hooobs
2009-02-12 19:39:12

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find ./backup -type f -exec md5sum '{}' ';'
zb · 488 weeks ago
zb: that's going to be much slower.
wwest4 · 488 weeks ago
wwes4, 1st one can be error, if there is many files on the tree.
zb · 488 weeks ago
find ./backup -type f |perl -p -e 's/\n//;$l=$l+length($_); if ($l > 1024) {print "\nmd5sum ";$l=0};print " \047$_\047 ";$_=""' |sh my long dirty version, prevent whitespacing, long commandlines
zb · 488 weeks ago
...or you could just use xargs -0, which works like a charm against any number of files (try it with find / if you don't believe it).
wwest4 · 488 weeks ago
thanks! clear now.
zb · 488 weeks ago
If this is the wrong place for this request, please redirect me to the correct spot. I'm new to Unix and took over a script that has the command "find . -type f -print | xargs -0 md5sum > md5sum.txt" in it. However it errors saying the '0' is an illegal option. How can I correct this command so it works again? I am on a Sun Solaris 10 system.
wagneti · 463 weeks ago
Would work better with an append redirect... find ./backup -type f -print0 | xargs -0 md5sum >> /checksums_backup.md5
realist · 461 weeks and 1 day ago

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