Questions tagged [scope]

Use this tag when examining what is on-topic or off-topic, and why (i.e scope of the site).

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Where to draw the Line on servers

Where do we draw the line on server questions? I personally think that questions about Apache, Postfix, Postgres, OpenLDAP, etc ought to be offtopic and sent to SF. I even think this question should ...
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Are 'bug report' kind of questions welcome to Unix & Linux?

I have been wondering if questions that have the character of a bug report or lets say questions about locating, fixing or working around bugs of certain packages in certain environments are welcome ...
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Are questions about the SMTP protocol on topic?

There is a question I think the community of unix.SE would be able to provide an answer to, and which is related to the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol and seeks information about some historic ...
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Are questions about how Linux handles specific hardware details on topic?

I'm not talking about generic hardware questions (e.g. how Linux names a disk device), i'm talking about the handling of very specific hardware details and interactions1. The main problem I see is ...
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What's the best site to post a question about weird bash prompt behavior when using ANSI colors?

I have a problem wherein I tried to get fancy with prompts, using ANSI colors. It works beautifully using 8/16 color palette ANSI sequences in tcsh and bash. It works even more beautifully using 256 ...
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Since when are questions about dual-booting off-topic?

I asked this question earlier today: How can I prevent Windows from overwriting GRUB on my dual-boot machine? And I was surprised that several people are suggesting it is off-topic here. Firstly, ...
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Should software-rec tag be migrated to softwarerecs.SE?

Should software-rec questions be migrated en-masse to http://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/? That site was created because software recommendations were seen as too subjective and therefore not a ...
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Is question about executable memory layout on-topic?

Is this question possibly on-topic for the Unix & Linux Stack Exchange? https://stackoverflow.com/questions/55270381/what-does-segment-starttext-segment-0x400000-represent It's not exactly a ...
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Are questions about using XCB or X11 client implementations in general on topic?

I am currently studying X11 and trying to implement some applications using the XCB library. I was wondering if questions related to XCB are on topic here. While the problems that I usually face are ...
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How do we feel about requests for learning materials?

We recently had a brief discussion in chat about this question which asks for learning materials (specifically, online video courses). I feel that such questions are not a good fit for the site ...
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Are WSL related questions off-topic?

Today i have voted close this question: Does Microsoft WLinux has full support for network and devices? Using the same logic as the Cygwin related questions, shall we mark all stuff related to WSL as ...
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Would questions about installing Linux on the Gemini PDA be more appropriate on Unix or SuperUser?

Site members may be aware of the new (as at 2018) Gemini PDA, a keyboarded clamshell device which runs Android by default, but which can also run Linux (a Debian install image is available), Sailfish ...
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Is it OK to ask question about etymology of command names?

Is it OK to ask questions like "what is the etymology of hdparm command name?"? General topic matches https://unix.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic ("Shell scripting", "Applications packaged in *nix ...
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Where should I ask my printer-installation question?

I just asked: Missing a driver for a SMB-accessed Brother printer but on second thought - would it be better to ask it on superuser.com or on askubuntu.com ?
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Which is the best StackExchange site for Debian related questions?

Where on Stack Exchange should Debian specific questions be raised? Two possibilities are here on Unix & Linux, and on Server Fault. I'm guessing there isn't an equivalent of AskUbuntu for other ...
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Why are questions about OS X in particular on-topic?

The Help Center lists the following as acceptable topics: The Unix foundation underlying OS X (but generally not frontend application questions) The underlying *nix OS on an embedded system or ...
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“What jobs are out there?” — are career questions on-topic?

This comes from the question what jobs are out there for NIX nerds?. I personally think this is probably off-topic, and it has two close votes already, but it also has three upvotes so I wanted to ask ...
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aws-cli usage questions go…?

I suppose if you're using an API to run the CLI, that could be asked in Stackoverflow, but might not be best. I don't have the question handy, but saw that a question was closed as off topic because ...
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Should questions about improving the performance of scripts be on topic?

I was looking at this question in particular and wondering whether it would be better suited to Code Review SE than here. It's about shell scripting, which is on topic here and so I don't have a big ...
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Cygwin on-topic?

Should we consider Cygwin on-topic here? It's similar to a Linux command-line and has many of the same tools, so lots of answers will probably just be the same as if the user was on Linux. However, it ...
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What is the relationship between Linux/Unix SE and Ubuntu SE

If both this SE and the Ubuntu SE make it out of beta, it might be a good idea to have some guidelines for when questions should be directed to the Ubuntu SE. Personally, I can't think of an "...
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Migrate Ubuntu-specific questions to AskUbuntu?

There was a comment and a mod flag on this post about possibly asking the question on AU instead. I don't think our previous discussions on this have been particularly clear-cut, so I'm just going to ...
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Closing votes on a historic question about Plan 9

I just scored 4 close votes on my question regarding the reason behind using the "snarf" word instead of "copy" in Plan 9 applications (link). I thought that questions about history (there are 234 ...
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Are android questions on topic?

As I read Android wikipedia page all I found is that: It is Linux kernel(who would suspect ;) ) "nor does it support the full set of standard GNU libraries" without mentioning if it is POSIX ...
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Would this question on which package managers can transfer packages over BitTorrent be considered off-topic for this site?

I was about to ask this question "Which package managers can transfer packages via BitTorrent?" on Unix & Linux SE but I hesitated in posting it. See I thought that maybe it would be considered to ...
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How to take a question off “on hold”?

I wish to have the following question reopened: https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/265961/what-happens-to-the-c-mysqlconnectionstringbuilder-classs-default-constructor. How can I do that? I ...
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An argument for the Unix-specific programming questions: site quality

If you think this suggestion would be against the newbies, then you maybe misunderstood. The goal of the suggestion is exactly the opposite: to attract more. Please read the details, it is important. ...
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Are how to use search engines to find Unix/Linux-related information appropriate for this website?

I have a question I was just writing up, but when I realized Unix & Linux SE does not have a search-engine tag I thought that maybe this question would be considered off-topic for this site. Here ...
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Justify whether history questions are on-topic or not at /help/on-topic

Current on-topic page has no clarification about whether historical questions like this are on-topic or not. While discussing about this on chat-room, I found that there is no problem with such ...
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Do I ask here or on Super User?

I visit Super User now and again, and I get amazed by the amount of Unix & Linux Questions asked there. Seems like many don't know of the existence of this site (or they simply resist?). This ...
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A question which might fit in Ask Ubuntu, here or SuperUser

I've just posted this: https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/250035/how-can-i-prevent-my-browser-from-hogging-all-system-resources on the main site, but I'm not really sure whether this is the ...
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Are distribution-choice questions on topic here?

I have just asked this question. Before asking it, I had a hard time deciding, if asking it won't be off-topic. I have found many similar questions here, that were closed as opinion-based. However, ...
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Is the Unix C API still on-topic?

According to Unix C API calls ontopic? and the help center, "UNIX C API and System Interfaces ( within reason )" is explicitly on topic. That within reason links to the meta question. https://unix....
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Flag question as off-topic, limited other stack exchange options [duplicate]

I flagged a question as off-topic; it was a stats plotting question, so I wanted to send it over to Cross Validated. However, the only choices it displayed were LaTeX and Stack Overflow, so I went ...
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Using Linux tools on Windows? [duplicate]

I've always been a Windows user, but I know the OS isn't perfect. To help make it a little better I use GOW, a collection of linux tools ported to Windows. ls, cat, which, wc, and 100+ other utilities ...
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Where can I find Software for Unix/Linux that does X?

This question is an attempt to preempt other questions asking for recommendations of software packages that meet some vague or general requirement X. Questions like (please add more, so this can be ...
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Installing Geant4 alongside GEANT3: Question for Unix and Linux meta?

I intend to ask the following question: Can I install Geant4 alongside GEANT-3 on my Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet)? I have already installed GEANT-3. How can I install Geant4 without making any ...
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Is there a way to ask this that is not off-topic?

Quick background: I recently posted a question on the Web Apps site, How can I remove Skype from Outlook.com. It concerns being unable to access email on Outlook.com because of a popup from Microsoft ...
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Are questions about vi, vim, and other clones on-topic here?

$a = trueOrFalse("are they on-topic?") $b = trueOrFalse("is this the best site for these questions?") if (!$a || !$b) { pleasePrintBestSiteFor("questions about vi and clones") } *it just made ...
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Are web hosting control panels on-topic?

There's a discussion over on ServerFault Meta about how to handle questions about web hosting control panels, such as e.g. webmin, cpanel and their ilk. The consensus is that at least 99% of those ...
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Is a question regarding wpa_supplicant modifications for a research project on-topic here?

(Here != Meta-Unix&Linux) I have a question related to a research project I am undertaking that involves knowing which files related to wpa_supplicant need to be modified to accomplish my goal of ...
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Are plan9 questions on-topic?

Is plan9 sufficiently unix to be on-topic here? (I suppose it might not not really be a question of sufficiency; perhaps plan9 is too unix for this site?)
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Is Puppet On Topic?

I'm self-training on puppet and interested in writing up some Puppet-related topics in Q&A format for questions that took me a while to answer because I wasn't able to find a decent resource ...
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Are history questions on topic?

Unix has quite a bit of history, and a lot of things with historical roots. Should questions primarily about the history of Unix be on topic?
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question closed for off-topic, even though some answers here suggest it is not

I have a sad record. First question asked in this site and it's been voted and closed for off-topic: Wrong timezone offset. How do I correct it? (help with zic timezone compiler) A user, @Gilles, ...
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Are questions about the shells (bash, sh, others) well suited to U&L?

Recently I asked a question about a particular feature of sh/bash. I have another question now. But now I wonder, if I had a question about the Python or Ruby interpreters, I'd be asking on SO and not ...
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The books tag needs a revision

Per previous discussion and one recent meta question the books seems to be the haven for that kind of question. The tag needs a revision of all its questions and we should check whether they are good ...
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How to determine which question belongs where?

There are few questions which are asked in the main site for which other users ask the poster of the question to post it in stackoverflow, or other stackexchange sites. Some of these questions are ...
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Which Forum to Post Questions about CUPS

What is the recommended forum site for Cups Common Unix Printing System forums (ask question-receive an answer) for new users to Linux using Cups within Qiana Cinn. I have tried to log in to Cups ...
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Is asking “What license should I use” on topic?

So, someone asked this question, and well, it's being closed, but we have a tag licenses that kind of support asking these questions, as shown in the excerpt: Questions concerning the terms under ...