Farjohn wrote:Radish, I keep blowing up my replies, so I'll be brief. You were right; bad case for Documents. Running it again I was told "that's a directory, stupid!" or some such. Again, I should have known better. So on a whim I added a /*.* to the end of the path and got the hash code for the only text file in the directory. Interesting result. Thank you for your help, once again. I think I'm going to assume my install is good and forge ahead. Cheers!
Farjohn, I just did a review of this thread and noticed that in your original post detailing the problems you were having that you said that you had created a directory
titled "linuxmint-17.3-cinnamon-64bit.iso" with the file you wanted to check inside that directory. I had not read that properly when I made my response to your post. On that basis the correct command to use would have been:
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Note that, again, you can only use the "md5sum" and/or "sha256sum" commands to check the ISO file itself (not any of the content of the ISO as an 'archive'). Thus, the command given above would only work if you had the single FILE
"linuxmint-17.3-cinnamon-64bit.iso" inside the DIRECTORY titled "linuxmint-17.3-cinnamon-64bit.iso". The md5/sha256 check is done only against the single file "linuxmint-17.3-cinnamon-64bit.iso"
Sorry for any confusion I was the root of. (I have, "Read posts more carefully!" branded on my brain now.)
P.S. I would strongly recommend trying Xenopeek's method of checking ISO files shown here: https://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/2266
It has a major advantage over my method and is the one that I'll be using in the future. If you go through the instructions there step-by-step then it might become clear to you what it is that you are actually checking when you use MD5/SHA256 checksums.