I've filed two questions recently on unix stackexchange and for both I noticed that one of the tags I used bash-script does not become an actual tag for the question.

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    That's because bash is a shell, and any bash script is a shell script in essence, so, both are synonyms.
    – Braiam
    Dec 12, 2014 at 1:31
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    Thank you @Braiam, if you submit that as an answer I will accept it.
    – test
    Dec 12, 2014 at 1:32

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is a synonym of the more general tag : you can use bash-script as a tag name, but it's automatically rewritten to shell-script. If you enter both, you'll only end up with .

Many questions about writing shell scripts don't depend on the exact shell being used, so is good enough. If your question is specifically about a bash feature, use and .

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