• GNAT.SHA256 differs from Linux' sha256sum

    From wvxvw@21:1/5 to All on Sat Nov 4 15:23:22 2023

    I'm learning Ada as well as how to use Usenet, so don't be too harsh.
    As a learning exercise, I want to write a program that, beside other
    things, needs to compute SHA256 hashes. I discovered GNAT.SHA256
    library and was able to use it (by calling Digest(<some string>)),
    however the result is different from what I'd get for the same string
    with running sha256sum.

    Eg, with GNAT.SHA256 for string "foo" I get:

    ❯ ./bin/test_sha --arg foo 2c26b46b68ffc68ff99b453c1d30413413422d706483bfa0f98a5e886266e7ae
    ❯ echo foo | sha256sum - b5bb9d8014a0f9b1d61e21e796d78dccdf1352f23cd32812f4850b878ae4944c -

    My Ada code looks (with some unrelated stuff removed) like this:

    with GNAT.Command_Line; use GNAT.Command_Line;
    with GNAT.SHA256; use GNAT.SHA256;

    procedure Main is
    case Getopt ("-arg=") is
    when '-' =>
    if Full_Switch = "-arg" then
    Put_Line (Digest (Parameter));
    end if;
    end case;
    end loop;
    end Main;

    My understanding is that there are plenty of configuration settings to
    how the checksum is computed, but I know very little about it. My goal
    is to produce the same checksum as would be produced by sha256sum
    though, as the checksums are to be used outside of my program.

    Finally: is GNAT.SHA256 a good way to go if I need this functionality (I
    don't care about portability, if that's a concern)?


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