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deb-md5sums - package MD5 file digests


A package declares the MD5 digests for the package file contents by including an md5sums file in its control archive (i.e. DEBIAN/md5sums during package creation). This file is used for integrity verification and deduplication purposes, and not for any kind of security purpose.

This file contains a list of MD5 digests (as 32 case-insensitive hexadecimal characters) followed by two spaces (U+0020 SPACE) and the absolute pathname of a plain file, one per line.

Trailing slashes (U+002F /) in the pathname will be trimmed. Neither trailing whitespace nor empty or whitespace-only lines are accepted.

If the control file does not exist in the binary package, dpkg(1) will generate the matching information at unpack time (since dpkg 1.16.3).

53c0d4afe4bc4eccb5cb234d2e06ef4d  usr/bin/dpkg
f8da2bc74cdcad8b81c48a4f0d7bb0a8  usr/bin/dpkg-deb
70b913132de56e95e75de504979309b4  usr/bin/dpkg-divert

md5sum(1), dpkg-deb(1), dpkg(1).

2024-03-10 1.22.6