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How is input message for SHA-2 padded?

I read about how is an input message prepared to be hashed by MD4,MD5 or SHA-1: Step1 Append padding bits The input message is "padded" (extended) so that its length (in bits) equals to 448 ...
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Why do we always append padding bits in SHA-512? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: In the SHA hash algorithm, why is the message always padded? I'm reading the book Network Security Essentials written by William Stallings. To create a message digest ...