CKSUM(1)  FreeBSD General Commands Manual  CKSUM(1) 
NAME
cksum, sum — display file checksums and block countsSYNOPSIS
cksum  [ o 1  2  3][ file ...] 
sum  [ file ...] 
DESCRIPTION
The cksum utility writes to the standard output three whitespace separated fields for each input file. These fields are a checksum CRC, the total number of octets in the file and the file name. If no file name is specified, the standard input is used and no file name is written.The sum utility is identical to the cksum utility, except that it defaults to using historic algorithm 1, as described below. It is provided for compatibility only.
The options are as follows:
 o

Use historic algorithms instead of the (superior) default one.
Algorithm 1 is the algorithm used by historic BSD systems as the sum(1) algorithm and by historic AT&T System V UNIX systems as the sum(1) algorithm when using the r option. This is a 16bit checksum, with a right rotation before each addition; overflow is discarded.
Algorithm 2 is the algorithm used by historic AT&T System V UNIX systems as the default sum(1) algorithm. This is a 32bit checksum, and is defined as follows:
s = sum of all bytes; r = s % 2^16 + (s % 2^32) / 2^16; cksum = (r % 2^16) + r / 2^16;
Algorithm 3 is what is commonly called the ‘
32bit CRC
’ algorithm. This is a 32bit checksum.Both algorithm 1 and 2 write to the standard output the same fields as the default algorithm except that the size of the file in bytes is replaced with the size of the file in blocks. For historic reasons, the block size is 1024 for algorithm 1 and 512 for algorithm 2. Partial blocks are rounded up.
The default CRC used is based on the polynomial used for CRC error checking in the networking standard ISO 88023: 1989. The CRC checksum encoding is defined by the generating polynomial:
G(x) = x^32 + x^26 + x^23 + x^22 + x^16 + x^12 + x^11 + x^10 + x^8 + x^7 + x^5 + x^4 + x^2 + x + 1
Mathematically, the CRC value corresponding to a given file is defined by the following procedure:
M(x) is multiplied by x^32 (i.e., shifted left 32 bits) and divided by G(x) using mod 2 division, producing a remainder R(x) of degree <= 31.
The coefficients of R(x) are considered to be a 32bit sequence.
The bit sequence is complemented and the result is the CRC.
EXIT STATUS
The cksum and sum utilities exit 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.SEE ALSO
md5(1)The default calculation is identical to that given in pseudocode in the following ACM article.
Dilip V. Sarwate, Computation of Cyclic Redundancy Checks Via Table Lookup, Communications of the Tn ACM, August 1988.
STANDARDS
The cksum utility is expected to conform to IEEE Std 1003.21992 (“POSIX.2”).HISTORY
The cksum utility appeared in 4.4BSD.April 28, 1995  FreeBSD 