file check

Michael Lush mjlush at
Mon Jul 14 13:42:24 BST 2008

Compairing MD5 checksums would /prove/ they are different.  As for proving 
there the same, there is a (very)^128 tiny chance of a clash... its more 
likely you'd lose data to a massive to a HDD and backups failure

Michael John Lush PhD			Tel:44-1223 492626
HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee	Email: hgnc at
European Bioinformatics Institute
Hinxton, Cambridge

On Mon, 14 Jul 2008, Christopher Jones wrote:
> What's the quickest/easiest way to check that two large (~5Gb) files are 
> identical?
> Chris Jones.
> Gynaecological Cancer Research Laboratories,
> UCL EGA Institute for Women's Health,
> University College London,
> Paul O'Gorman Building,
> 72 Huntley Street,
> London WC1E 6DD
> United Kingdom
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