Since this is about UNIX, I would expect that the tag refers to the advanced debugger written by Stephen Bourne in the mid 1970 as the standard debugger for UNIX.

This tag currently however is misused for a third party program from Google for Android.

To avoid confusion, I propose to rename adb to android-adb.

  • If you format your tags as adb instead of adb ([tag:adb] instead of adb), it always people to click on it to quickly go to that tag pages to see the issue themselves quicker (note that it will show the same as tag formatting when used in a question or answer, but not in a comment)
    – Ferrybig
    Commented Sep 9, 2018 at 19:19
  • I am not sure whether I understand you correctly. I beleve however that it would help if there was a correct adb tag created at the same time when the old one is renamed. Here is the man page from UNIX V7 unix.com/man-page/v7/1/adb and here is the man page for adb on recent Solaris schillix.sourceforge.net/man/man1/adb.1.html that still exists but is now based on an enhanced version of the debugger called mdb.
    – schily
    Commented Sep 10, 2018 at 9:09
  • 1
    "ADB" clearly refers to the Apple Desktop Bus.
    – Mark
    Commented Sep 11, 2018 at 1:16
  • So you believe this existed before 1975?
    – schily
    Commented Sep 11, 2018 at 7:24
  • 1
    We have to walk a fine line between the tags being sufficiently convenient (short) and obvious (common usage) that askers can choose the right ones, and the inevitable ambiguity when programs of the same name come and go in an almost 50-year-old ecosystem. That means rsh is used for questions about the remote shell rather than restricted shell, and vi is used overwhelmingly for vim questions. Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 12:46
  • I don't use vi or vim (I rather use my own ved since 1982), but I frequently use adb the advanced debugger from Stephen Bourne since it is usable even on stripped binaries - even with names taken from the shared library interface.
    – schily
    Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 13:04


You must log in to answer this question.

Browse other questions tagged .