EPrints 2.2 Documentation - export_hashes command


export_hashes - export the hash values for all documents in an archive.


export_hashes archiveid [options] [filename]


Every time a document in eprints is modified a new .xsh file is generated containing a hash of each file. This script creates a hash of each of these .xsh files and create a super .xsh file containing each of those hashes.

If no filename is given this script outputs to standard out.

The XML file produced may then be archived safely. You can then create an MD5 of that file and do something to prove you had it on the date you created it.

For example, publish it in an small-ad in a national paper.

Now you can prove you had that MD5 on that day, which proves you had the file output by export_hashes that day. The MD5's in that file prove that you had the .xsh file of a given document. Those files should prove that you had a given file.

This all assumes that nobody works out a way to do MD5's in reverse. And there's no legal precident yet.

That's why this is an experimental feature.


The ID of the EPrint archive to use.

A filename to write to. If omited this will write to stdout.


Print a brief help message and exit.

Print the full manual page and then exit.

Be vewwy vewwy quiet. This option will supress all output unless an error occurs.

Explain in detail what is going on. May be repeated for greater effect.

Output version information and exit.

Output hashes of ALL .xsh files for each document, not just the most recent. This takes longer but should be logged periodically.


This is part of this EPrints 2 system. EPrints 2 is developed by Christopher Gutteridge.


EPrints Version: 2.2.1


For more information goto http://www.eprints.org/ which give information on mailing lists and the like.

Chris Gutteridge may be contacted at support@eprints.org

Should you need a real world address for some reason, EPrints can be contacted in the real world at

 EPrints c/o Christopher Gutteridge
 Department of Electronics and Computer Science
 University of Southampton
 SO17 1BJ
 United Kingdom


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 EPrints 2.2 Documentation - export_hashes command