aefp - calculate file fingerprint
aefp [ option... ][ filename... ]
The aefp program is used to calculate the fingerprints of files. A
fingerprint is a hash of the contents of a file. The default
fingerprint is cryptographically strong, so the probability of two
different files having the same fingerprint is less than 1 in 2**200.
The fingerprint is based on Dan Berstien <firstname.lastname@example.org>
public domain fingerprint 0.50 beta package 930809, posted to the
alt.sources newsgroup. This program produces identical results; the
expected test results were generated using Dan’s package.
The fingerprint is a base-64-sanely-encoded fingerprint of the input.
Imagine this fingerprint as something universal and permanent. A
fingerprint is 76 characters long, containing the following:
1. A Snefru-8 (version 2.5, 8 passes, 512->256) hash. (Derived from
the Xerox Secure Hash Function.)
2. An MD5 hash, as per RFC 1321. (Derived from the RSADSI MD5
3. A CRC checksum, as in the new cksum utility.
4. Length modulo 2^40.
The output format is not expected to be compatible with anything.
However, options are available to produce the purported output of
Merkle’s snefru program, the purported output of RSADSI’s mddriver -x,
or the purported output of the POSIX cksum program.
If no files are named as input, the standard input will be used. The
special file name “-” is understood to mean the standard input.
The following options are understood:
Print the CRC32 checksum and length of the named file(s).
Print a condensed form of the fingerprint (obtained by
performing a CRC32 checksum on the full fingerprint described
above - a definite overkill). This is an 8-digit hexadecimal
number, useful for generating unique short identifiers out of
long names. The first character is forced to be a letter (g-
p), so there is no problem in using the output as a variable
Provide some help with using the aefp program.
Print the RSA Data Security, Inc. MD5 Message-Digest Algorithm
hash of the named file(s).
-Snefru Print the Snefru hash of the named file(s), derived from the
Xerox Secure Hash Function.
Print the version of the aefp program being executed.
All other options will produce a diagnostic error.
All options may be abbreviated; the abbreviation is documented as the
upper case letters, all lower case letters and underscores (_) are
optional. You must use consecutive sequences of optional letters.
All options are case insensitive, you may type them in upper case or
lower case or a combination of both, case is not important.
For example: the arguments "-project, "-PROJ" and "-p" are all
interpreted to mean the -Project option. The argument "-prj" will not
be understood, because consecutive optional characters were not
Options and other command line arguments may be mixed arbitrarily on
the command line, after the function selectors.
The GNU long option names are understood. Since all option names for
aefp are long, this means ignoring the extra leading ’-’. The
"--option=value" convention is also understood.
The aefp command will exit with a status of 1 on any error. The aefp
command will only exit with a status of 0 if there are no errors.
See aegis(1) for a list of environment variables which may affect this
command. See aepconf(5) for the project configuration file’s project_
specific field for how to set environment variables for all commands
executed by Aegis.
aefp version 4.24.3.D001
Copyright (C) 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999,
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Peter
The aefp program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details use the
’aefp -VERSion License’ command. This is free software and you are
welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions; for details use
the ’aefp -VERSion License’ command.
Peter Miller E-Mail: email@example.com
/\/\* WWW: http://www.canb.auug.org.au/~millerp/
Portions of this program are derived from sources from other people,
sometimes with liberal copyrights, and sometimes in the public domain.
See common/fp/README for details.
Gary S Brown.
See common/fp/crc32.c for details.
RSA Data Security, Inc.
See common/fp/md5.c for details.
See common/fp/snefru.c for details.
In addition to the above copyright holders, there have been numerous
authors and contributors, see the named files for details. Files names
are relative to the root of the aegis distribution.
Reference Manual aefp(1)