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Machine B is running in 64 bit mode, isn't it?

The hash code written by machine B is 64 bit wide, which is the reason why
machine A cannot read it. The "HashCode" field is "unsigned int" internally.

The use case of sharing a home directory between machines was not forseen when
making that choice. It is hard to fix now, because changing the way how the
hash gets calculated on 32 bit machines would have side effects (hash mismatch)
if done naively. I don't remember how bad it would be, but when I noticed this
issue, I decided against changing the algorithm.

How important is this? Obviously it matters to you, so I guess for you the
answer is "essential" - it's  just not very common.

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