Subject: Re: Why no sum?
To: Herb Peyerl <>
From: John F. Woods <>
List: current-users
Date: 02/23/1994 12:05:14
> >Thanks.  Since a lot of scripts for shar'd software contain references to
> >"sum", perhaps a simple shell script could be provided under that name?
> and which "sum" algorithm would you like it to use?

A good question, though a shell script is certainly easier to adjust on
the fly than a binary.

> I suspect this is what
> caused 'cksum' to come into existance.
> Of course; I'm not the standards person so I'll just shut up now.

Having been a standards person at one time (in fact, certain "P" words
come to mind), I still think Posix yielded too often to the temptation
to grandiose invention at the drop of a hat...