serves dual use for the cd (change directory) command and CD as in CD-ROM/R/RW/audio. The tag isn't huge, but I'd still prefer to distinguish between them before it grows. I don't know how to name the two tags in such a way that people who feel tempted to use cd and don't realize there's an ambiguity have a clear path to the right tag. Thoughts?


See the chat starting here for what we've settled on. To summarize, the plan is to leave the for the change-directory command/bultin, but add with an alias of so that people starting to type 'cd' will see the other option and hopefully make an more informed choice. If the tag continues to be abused, we will rename and ban it.

A exists for issues more specific to DVD media.


Does work? The suffix is kind of annoying, but the tag really needs to start with cd or people won't see it; we can't make it or something. And for the other one


I think the tag should be killed for this ambiguity thing. Someone who is asking for the cd command should just use the tag for example. As for CDs, maybe we should just use something like , and make it a synonym to and (the not-yet-existent) . To me the important distinguishing points should be the question content.

  • The problem isn't so much killing the tag as deciding what to replace it with so that askers have a chance of figuring out what to use. shell is huge, I think it's worth having additional tags for well-identified subsets such as quoting, command-history, …, including the cd command. Apr 11 '11 at 21:31
  • "symlink"? ----
    – Hello71
    May 21 '11 at 17:01
  • @Hello71: fixed.
    – tshepang
    May 21 '11 at 17:17

Well, cd is a bash builtin. There is already a /bash tag, but maybe consider having a /bash-builtin tag, if something more specific is required. I'm not completely sure of the criteria for more specialist tags, if one does exist. I think a /cd is a bit too specific though. It is not practical to have a tag for every command out there.

  • cd isn't specifically a bash built-in, it's a built-in in every shell, and I do think it deserves a tag (common with pushd and friends, probably). Apr 11 '11 at 21:32

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