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cksfv - Man Page

tests and creates simple file verification (SFV) listings


cksfv [-bciqrLR] [-C dir] [-f file] [-g path] [file ...]


cksfv is a tool for verifying CRC32 checksums of files. CRC32 checksums are used to verify that files are not corrupted. The algorithm is cryptographically crippled so it can not be used for security purposes. md5sum (1) or sha1sum (1) are much better tools for checksuming files. cksfv should only be used for compatibility with other systems.

cksfv has two operation modes: checksum creation and checksum verification

In checksum creation mode cksfv outputs CRC32 checksums of files to to stdout, normally redirected to an .sfv file.

In checksum verification mode cksfv reads filenames from an sfv file, and compares the recorded checksum values against recomputed checksums of files.


These options are available


Strip dirnames from filenames that are checksumed. loads the files from original positions, but prints only basenames to catalogue in sfv file.


Use stdout for printing progress and final resolution (files OK or some errors detected). This is useful for external programs analysing output of cksfv. This also forces fflushes on the output when needed.

-C dir

Change current directory before proceeding with a verification operation. This option is mostly obsoleted with -g option. Earlier this was used to verify checksums in a different directory: cksfv -C foo -f foo/bar.sfv

-f file

Verify checksums in the sfv file

-g path

Go to the path name directory and verify checksums in the sfv file


Ignore case in filenames. This is used in the checksum verification mode.


Follow symlinks when recursing subdirectories. This option can be used with the -r and -R options.


Enable QUIET mode (instead of verbose mode), only error messages are printed


Enable VERBOSE mode, this is the default mode


recurse directories and check the .sfv files in each. Symlinks are not followed by default. This option cannot be used with -f and -g options.


recurse directories and read checksum for each file. Symlinks are not followed by default.


Verify checksums of files listed in 'foo/files.sfv':
cksfv -g foo/files.sfv

Create checksums for a set of files:
cksfv *.gz > files.sfv

Verify checksums of case-insensitive filenames listed in 'files.sfv'.
This is sometimes useful with files created by operating systems
that have case-insensitive filesystem names.
cksfv -i -g files.sfv

Check checksums of files 'foo' and 'bar' listed in 'files.sfv':
cksfv -g files.sfv foo bar

Create checksums of files matching /foo/bar/* and strip dirnames away:
cksfv -b /foo/bar/* > files.sfv

Recursively scan /foo/bar and verify each .sfv file:
cksfv -C /foo/bar -r

Same as previous, but starting from the current working directory 
and also following symlinks during recursion:
cksfv -r -L

See Also

basename(1) dirname(1) md5sum(1) sha1sum(1)


This manual page was originally written by Stefan Alfredsson <stefan@alfredsson.org>. It was later modified by Heikki Orsila <heikki.orsila@iki.fi> and Durk van Veen <durk.van.veen@gmail.com>.

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