There has been recent effort by a new community member to tag (in particular old) questions related to software installation with the tag. Since this also includes questions already tagged as (see this example), I wonder how much these tags overlap and in what situations it is reasonable to have both present on a question.


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I saw those edits today, and wondered the same thing -- thank you for bringing it up on Meta for discussion!

IMHO, covers both the installation and the removal aspects (besides updates and searching & etc). Unfortunately, I think it would be a bit of a stretch to use for tarball-type installs.

I could see keeping exclusively for "manual" installation (via make install, for example) and using when there's a higher-level program involved (yum, apt, etc).

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    I do wonder a bit about the package management tag in the face of existing package manager tags (yum, rpm, apt, etc), but that's a discussion for another day.
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Jan 8, 2021 at 12:50
  • Yeah, I wondered about that point too in the past ...
    – AdminBee
    Jan 8, 2021 at 12:58
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    it's never a bad thing to have a general tag and a precise one, it allows for asking general questions about things and precise question about something specific.
    – Kiwy
    Jan 9, 2021 at 22:10
  • The software installation was meant for a catch all that didn't fit with the most specific tags, like the specific package managers. For package managers, I prefer not having a general tag for all of them, since each has their own name and set of quirks.
    – Braiam
    Jan 19, 2021 at 15:37

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