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These should be synonyms, but macos, being the currently preferred name of the OS, should be the master, and the other tags synonyms of it. That doesn't match the current suggestion.


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I think it's a bit of a moot point. I skimmed through the questions tagged x, and the vast majority are Linux systems (so running X11), with the rare exceptions for X11 on macOS. There's no question here that's about X but using something other than X11, so the very existence of x can't be justified.


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historical-unix is not a synonym of history at all. It's about Unix as a product, before there were multiple vendors. Pretty much any question about historical-unix would deserve the tag history, because it hasn't been a current product for decades. But the converse is not true. historical-unix has a distinct meaning and must stay. Overall the tag has ...


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After seeing the additional data, I'm leaning towards this idea: base tag: exit-status (a new tag, utilizing the current return-status excerpt & wiki) synonyms: exit-code, return-status, and return-code I've created the exit-status tag and populated it with the return-status excerpt and wiki (slightly modified to say "exit status" instead of "return ...


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They have different performance and redundancy characteristics. Probably more importantly here, they have different steps to handle recoverable failures, different things to attempt recovery in a disaster, different steps required to to boot from them (e.g., RAID1 can boot w/o special bootloader support, RAID0, 4, 5, 6, can not). So, you often need to know ...


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EFI and UEFI refer to different versions of the same thing. In the mid 1990s, Intel began working on an improvement over the PC BIOS in order to work well with the more powerful machines they were building. The result was an Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI), and Intel still hosts the version of the specification they published in 2002. In 2005, Intel ...


12

I can't see a difference in the type of questions that have one tag or the other. People seem to indifferently use one or the other. Since the libvirt library and the libvirtd daemon interact with each other, and there is no alternative implementation of either as far as I know, very few issues involve only the library or only the daemon. Furthermore, “...


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Yes, I think they should be synonyms; I’ve added a candidate on the osx synonyms page, feel free to vote it up or down.


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I think those should indeed be merged, yes. And this is precisely how to get it done: post on meta, see if everyone agrees and wait until the mods do their jobs. So, unless anyone objects, I'll be merging them.


10

You’re right that they’re they same. According to the Polkit Wikipedia article, Since version 0.105, released in 2015 the name of the project was changed from PolicyKit to polkit. Also, the tag wiki excerpt for policykit is a copy of the first line of the above Wikipedia article, Polkit (formerly PolicyKit) is a component for controlling system-wide ...


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In my opinion (as a storage engineer, so appreciate my perspective might differ from most of U&L): RAID variant is a configuration detail. If you are here asking a question about RAID, then there are other configuration details more important than the RAID mode. Like hardware platform, OS, controller type, HBA model, disk tech. These are usually more ...


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I don't think it makes sense to have a tag for the shell builtin source specifically. It's not that special a feature that it wouldn't just fit under shell-script (or bash, which is what most of those are tagged with anyway). Besides, source isn't even a standard command. For POSIX-compatibility, it should be dot-command instead. Though source-command ...


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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, package-management 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 package-management for tarball-type installs. I could see keeping ...


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Writing an Answer to put this post into the Active Question list of Meta. I've created a synonym between the two and am prepared to merge them. Merging: "retags all questions tagged with another tag – which is not automatically done when a synonym is created. As merging is not (easily) reversible, it should be done with caution". As the question and the top ...


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Apache isn't the only httpd, and looking through that tag I indeed saw another httpd (lighttpd) on the first page... Seems like maybe we should just get rid of httpd entirely. Questions about Apache get apache; ones about lighttpd would get lighttpd; etc. If we want a generic tag, webserver would be much clearer, already exists, and is more popular.


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Examining the 50 most recent wireless questions, all were about wifi. Braiam previously fixed one that was also tagged Bluetooth (one out of all 317 tagged wireless). So wireless is overwhelmingly about wifi. Indeed, that's how people use the term. If someone worries about using too much data on their phone plan because his/her smartphone isn't on wireless ...


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I imagine rename was meant to refer to the action of renaming, not the actual tool, but there's no tag wiki to be sure. I don't know where you came up with 169, but the synonym only took effect 40 times, so the rest of the time people have been choosing rename to describe their problem. I dropped the synonym for now in case there's actually a need to ...


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I don't think these should be synonyms. xattr is a specific tool, provided out-of-the-box on some platforms, and "extended attributes" is a concept and filesystem feature that is accessed many ways, mostly not through that particular tool. It's unfortunate that there's a collision, but there's a clear disambiguation to be made. It would be better to ...


5

job-control is mostly used for shell job control, i.e. most questions revolve around &, fg, bg, nohup, disown. jobs is used mainly for job control but also for background processes. (And occasionally for people asking for or offering work…) I think we should go through jobs and retag some questions that aren't about shell job control but about ...


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time is an ambiguous tag. It's used to mean several things, at least: The time utility and shell builtin. These are sufficiently close to use the same tag: time-utility. Examples: 1 2 Measuring the execution time of a program. This is often but not always done with the time utility (like parallelism ≠ gnu-parallel and scripting ≠ shell). Examples: 1 2 ...


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Merging makes sense for the most part, the only significant user visible difference that has made itself felt is secure boot, which is only available in uefi. If you turn off secure boot the typical user will not be able to tell the difference. The real differences between versions would be visible to developers so I would recommend against merging them on ...


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Keep an open mind. Just because you know of only one type of HTTP server doesn't mean it's the only one. Take a look at all the HTTP servers available in this list via Wikipedia: Comparison of web server software There are more than this and often servers just as Jetty, JBOSS, Tomcat, and many others can be dual purposed to serve static content as a HTTP ...


4

utf-8 and utf8 both point to unicode now and are merged


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Good catch, thanks. However, mate-desktop should be the master since that is unambiguous (the word mate has many meanings). I have now made mate a synonym of mate-desktop and have merged the two so that all questions that were tagged [mate] are now tagged [mate-desktop].


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And this is status-completed. I just retagged all the questions which is applicable the tag. Along the way I removed the hard and drive tags. Wait until 00:00 UTC for the changes being done.


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Given the observations made by derobert and slm, we should use the tags apache-httpd for questions about the web server of the Apache project; other tags (e.g. lighttpd) for questions about a specific non-Apache web server; webserver for questions about web servers in general. Since apache is overwhelmingly used to mean “Apache web server”, we should make ...


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Since wireless can be loosely interpreted as anything that transmit data using non-wired medium (RF, wifi, et al) I suggest just renaming wireless to wifi and done. No synonym. Of course it will be helpful to have a list of the questions that were affected so we can review calmly. Summary: merge wireless into wifi. remove any synonymization that puts ...


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The wireless tag has now been merged with wifi and a synonym created.


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Turns out there was already a suggested synonym which I have now approved. I also removed the off-topic tag from the three questions that had it. So, on-topic is now a synonym of scope.


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Merged, log → logs synonym added.


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