sum - calculate a checksum for a file
sum calculates and displays a 16-bit checksum for the named
file and displays the size of the file in kilobytes. It is
typically used to look for bad spots, or to validate a file
communicated over some transmission line. The checksum is
calculated by an algorithm which may yield different results
on machines with 16-bit ints and machines with 32-bit ints,
so it cannot always be used to validate that a file has been
transferred between machines with different-sized ints.
See largefile(5) for the description of the behavior of sum
when encountering files greater than or equal to 2 Gbyte ( 2
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attri-
| ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE |
| Availability | SUNWscpu |
sum(1), wc(1), attributes(5), largefile(5)
Read error is indistinguishable from EOF on most devices;
check the block count.
sum and /usr/bin/sum (see sum(1)) return different check-
This utility is obsolete.
Man(1) output converted with