I just re-edited an approved suggested edit, which made my answer wrong. Is there a better way to undo these things?


  • You can roll back an edit from the edit history (click on the "Edited X minutes ago"). By the way, you might want to simplify that answer, there's no reason to test whether a dir exists before adding it to $PATH.
    – terdon
    Commented Oct 31, 2014 at 18:46
  • Thanks, I did that now :) The way I added the path I copied from a 14.04 .profile file. I wasn't sure which version that guy had and therefore I told him to put that there if it wasn't already.
    – Bernd
    Commented Oct 31, 2014 at 19:59

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If somebody edits something incorrectly, roll it back. Perhaps leave a comment if you think it needs explaining.

If there was a failing in the system that's supposed to stop bad edits, do as you have and post on meta. I can see what they thought they were doing (confusing /home/ with $HOME) but the system failed here.

It's a shame that there was no custom reject reason given. If you're faced with something like that (which takes a little brainwork to unravel) spell it out in your rejection reason so the next person doesn't have to wake up to work out what to do.

I'll ping a few people a few emails about being more careful. Thanks for raising this.

  • Alright, thanks for taking care.
    – Bernd
    Commented Oct 31, 2014 at 21:44
  • Thanks for the reminder, it was a mistake. I'll be more careful and won't try to edit/approve two posts at the same time. Commented Nov 3, 2014 at 13:26

It's clearly a mistake (I also approved the edit). Sorry I didn't pay enough attention to your post. Actually I edited the other answer after reviewing this suggested edit with the same proposal but in that case the edit was justified (/home instead of $HOME)

I made a confusion between both answers. Again I apologize for the noise.


As one of those who approved this edit, I thought crs was the application folder. IIRC your answer (add ~/bin to PATH) is already applied in the .profile on a standard Ubuntu install.

  • Well that wasn't my full answer, was it? Also, as I already noted in a comment on this question, I didn't know for how many Ubuntu versions ~/bin has already bin appended to the PATH for, so I went the safe route by asking that guy to check that for me.
    – Bernd
    Commented Oct 31, 2014 at 23:36
  • @Bernd mistakes happen. Move on.
    – muru
    Commented Oct 31, 2014 at 23:55
  • I'm not offended, so sure :)
    – Bernd
    Commented Nov 1, 2014 at 0:20

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