Calculates fake folder checksum based on folder's files' md5sums

find path/to/folder/ -type f -print0 | xargs -0 -n 1 md5sum | awk '{print $1}' | sort | md5sum | awk '{print $1}'
For quick validation of folder's file-contents (structure not taken into account) - I use it mostly to check if two folders' contents are the same.
Sample Output

By: mcover
2009-02-16 19:39:37

What Others Think

Why not diff?
ruedu · 598 weeks and 3 days ago
Does diff do checksums for binary files? Maybe sometimes I want to save my checksum in a file and then copy everything on a CD, so that I can validate the actual contents?!
mcover · 598 weeks and 3 days ago
why not tar -C path/to/folder -c .../folder |md5sum ?
zb · 598 weeks and 2 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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