On Tue, 10 Nov 2009 12:32:28 +0200
Peter Pentchev <r...@ringlet.net> wrote:

> The Ports Collection's distfile checksums make sure that you get
> exactly the same files *as the port maintainer examined at some
> previous moment in time*.

More importantly it guards against maliciously modified source code.
Someone might break into a legitimate mirror or use dns poisoning to
distribute malware.
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