I think they should be made synonyms. They refer to the exact same thing even. Here's the tag wiki for :

The resolv.conf file contains information that is read by the resolver (a set of C library routines that provide access to the Internet Domain Name System (DNS).)

Here is the tag wiki for :

Synonym to resolv.conf.

So clearly someone thinks they are synonyms. But, they aren't tag synonyms. I think should be the main one, and should be merged into that, given that resolv.conf is the filename (located in /etc/), not resolvconf. Thoughts?

  • Phew. I finished retagging: I went through all questions that were tagged with resolv.conf and which contained the string resolvconf and retagged as appropriate.
    – terdon Mod
    Jan 12, 2022 at 19:10

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They are not synonyms. resolvconf is a software utility that manages /etc/resolv.conf.

Please do a bit more research than blindly trusting tag wikis. Unfortunately, tag wiki quality tends to be pretty bad. At the very least check Wikipedia and do a web search!


Unfortunately, I was too hasty. I have now deleted the synonym I created and have recreated the tag. I have now gone through all questions that had the tag and which contained the string resolvconf and have retagged as appropriate.

This seems like an open and shut case, they clearly should be synonyms so I went ahead and made them synonyms.

The https://unix.stackexchange.com/tags/resolvconf/synonyms page should now show them as synonyms. Any questions with the old resolvconf tag now have the resolv.conf one instead.


  • This is an open and shut case: they are clearly NOT synonyms! Jan 11, 2022 at 10:59
  • @Gilles'SO-stopbeingevil' You're absolutely right, I'm sorry. I should have looked into it more carefully. I'm at work now, but I'l post an update later when I get the chance and see how I can fix it. This is on me, not the OP.
    – terdon Mod
    Jan 11, 2022 at 11:13
  • @terdon It's partly my fault. The point of Meta is to find issues I didn't think of. But I also should have done a quick search before posting on Meta. It's also worth noting that questions about the file often has the resolvconf tag anyways, so ideally there should be something to get people to use the correct tag.
    – cocomac
    Jan 11, 2022 at 14:43
  • Thanks for that link, @cocomac, that will be useful. I have now deleted the synonym and I can use that link to start retagging any posts that were actually about the tool with the resolvconf tag.
    – terdon Mod
    Jan 11, 2022 at 16:32
  • @terdon Mind joining /dev/chat for a moment? I have an idea that might help
    – cocomac
    Jan 11, 2022 at 16:36
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    @Gilles'SO-stopbeingevil' and cocomat, I have now gone through all questions mentioning the string resolvconf that were tagged with resolv.conf and did my best to retag correctly.
    – terdon Mod
    Jan 12, 2022 at 19:09
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    @terdon Thank you very much, very sorry for causing this. Next time I will be more careful before I come to Meta.
    – cocomac
    Jan 12, 2022 at 19:15
  • @cocomac you caused nothing! All you did was ask.I should have known better than to act so quickly.
    – terdon Mod
    Jan 12, 2022 at 22:21

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