I flagged this question as off-topic.

The question absolutely does not belong on Ask Ubuntu but on Stack Overflow or similar. But the flag got declined and that's bad for my reputation (?).

It makes no sense to flag if things go this way.

So, how strict should we be when we flag questions as off-topic?

  • What makes you think that that is a SO question? Is not about programming...
    – Braiam
    Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 22:04
  • because you may do wht the asker want to with the given tool if you to well bash scripting. And for my understanding complex bash scripting is more programming but help on how to use shell commands
    – cmks
    Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 22:09

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This is 100% about using a command line tool that ships with Ubuntu as part of the coreutils package. There aren't many tools that are more Ubuntu.

In the same way that we answer Ubuntu users' questions about Firefox and LibreOffice, this is completely on-topic. Without questions like this, there'd only be five questions left on Ask Ubuntu. And there'll be somebody who wants to close those too.

There are some topics that do make me wonder sometimes but this just isn't one of them.

  • that ships with Ubuntu as part of the XYZ package gives a lot of room. I got it an will do it that way.
    – cmks
    Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 17:44
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    That's not an exclusive inclusion. We support stuff that isn't on the CD too, I'm just making the point that md5sum is one of the most core applications in Ubuntu.
    – Oli Mod
    Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 17:52

General usage of command line tools available on Ubuntu is usually on-topic here, as is shell scripting. On the other hand, I see no particular reason why that question should belong on SO; there is nothing particularly programmer-centric in it. It could belong on SU or U&L, but, by the same token, it belongs here too.

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