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A frequently asked question is: which foo tells me something, but it doesn't correspond to what happens when I actually run foo, what's going on?

This is a recent example, but we've had many more — basically anything in the tag, and more that should all be in the tag.

Is there one that we can consider to be canonical, so we can close the others as duplicates? Here, canonical means an answer that explains that which doesn't use the running shell's PATH and the asker should use type instead.

If we don't have one already, let's make one, possibly by editing an existing question.

  • I just started a canonical answers thread here. – terdon Feb 1 '14 at 15:55
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Should we not start a big canonical page like on server fault instead?

  • Have you got a link to that? – ire_and_curses Jan 3 '13 at 23:29
  • @ire_and_curses I added the link to my answer. – Nils Jan 4 '13 at 20:36
  • Wow, that looks really useful. +1. – ire_and_curses Jan 4 '13 at 21:01
  • The canonical page for which questions would be linked from the which tag wiki, the problem isn't finding a place to link it. I was asking whether we already had a question that we considered a canonical which question. – Gilles Jan 5 '13 at 17:21
  • @Gilles I thought you take a look at every question here. ;-) But IMHO your link in your question for the "recent example" looks good enough for me. – Nils Jan 5 '13 at 22:13

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