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Making Md5sum.exe Work With Paths In Python

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        On Windows systems, md5sum.exe is a nice little program to generate MD5 sums. However, whoever created this application forgot to add the ability to recognize paths in the file given to md5sum.exe. For example, say you want to md5 a file called test.txt.

 Directory of C:\test

06/13/2007  03:52 PM    <DIR>          .
06/13/2007  03:52 PM    <DIR>          ..
06/13/2007  03:52 PM                 0 test.txt
               1 File(s)              0 bytes

C:\test>md5sum test.txt
d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e *test.txt

Groovy, cool...

However, if you try the same thing from some other directory (where text.txt does not live) you get the following:

C:\>md5sum c:/test/test.txt
md5sum: test.txt: No such file or directory

Sucky, eh?
You could always find a different program to do md5sum. Or, if you don't want to do this, you can spawn a pipe to "cmd", navigate to the correct directory, and then run md5sum.

Here's the code in python to do just that.

# define your file name and path
file_name = "afile.txt"
file_path = "c:\\afolder"

# setup the md5sum command (assuming md5sum.exe location is in PATH)
md5_cmd = "md5sum \"" + file_path "\\" + file_name + "\"\n"

# open the command shell
fromchild, tochild = popen2.popen4("cmd")

#push the directory change and md5sum commands to the shell 
tochild.write("c:\nchdir " + my_path + "\n" + md5_cmd + "exit\n")

#get the output from the shell session
out =

#split the output so that we may extract the md5sum
output = string.split(out)

#grab the md5sum  
md5sum_local = ""
for item in output:
    matchmd5local = re.match("([0-9a-fA-F]{32})",item)
    if matchmd5local:
        md5sum_local = matchmd5local.groups()
        md5sum_local = md5sum_local[0]

if md5sum_local:
    print_status("MD5: Local checksum = " + md5sum_local + "\n")
    print_status("ERROR: could not obtain local md5sum for " + my_file + "\n")