Or should I ask, how reliable are copy commands?
Okay, this doesn't relate to MySQL directly, but one should know that also MySQL provides md5 checksums for all downloads where you can easily verify if your downloaded file is really identical to the file on MySQL's server. Just type in "md5sum [filename]" and compare the displayed code to the code shown on the website - if they are identical, the file is also identical to its very last bit.
Last night I have downloaded the new SuSE Linux 10.1. I compared the md5 sums and they were absolutely identical to the codes provided at the download source:
sputnik:~/SuSE # md5sum SUSE-Linux-10.1-GM-x86_64-CD*
(compare with http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/SL-10.1/iso/MD5SUMS)
Then I used the scp command to transfer the iso files to another PC (from which I want to burn the CDs). After copying, I checked the md5 sums again and got following output:
mpopp@suse:~/SuSE_10_1> md5sum *
So, the checksums for CDs 2 and 4 are still identical, but all the others have changed. It took me two more attempts to get identical codes for CDs 3 and 5 and I'm still trying to get a correct checksum for CD 1 (after copying the file for at least 4 times, I got different checksums after each attempt). So this looks very strange to me.
However, I also have a downloaded Fedora Core 5 DVD where the md5 checksum did not match the code that was provided on the download source (which was of course the official Fedora download page). But the DVD works without problems and I have found no errors at all.