Could I ask for another tag synonym for symbolic-link, that is soft-link. Reference Wikipedia Symbolic Link. I don't have enough reputation to work with tags yet. I came across this because I am new to Ubuntu. In working on a problem I read articles referring to soft links as opposed to hard links. When I went to tag my question with soft-link I was surprised there wasn't one. So then I had to research more and finally learned that a soft link is another name for a symbolic link. Adding this additional synonym will help other newbies. Someone with a 2500 reputation (required for a tag) would probably never consider this. They'd know to use the symbolic link tag.

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    You need 300 for creating tags, 2500 for synonimising tags... And 2500 rep users can only synonimise existing tags
    – muru
    Commented Nov 10, 2017 at 23:15
  • Well, I think that this is a worthy tag and synonym to create. Newbie's as I who encounter the term soft-link first, won't know that it is a synonym of symbolic-link. Having the soft-link tag as a synonym will direct newbies to symbolic-link thereby increasing their knowledge as well. Commented Nov 11, 2017 at 12:57
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    Note that soft-link isn't used as far as I know. It's "soft link", two words, not hyphenated. Quoth the pedant. And yes, I know this is a pretty irrelevant point to make since the tag would have to be hyphenated. But pedant.
    – terdon
    Commented Nov 11, 2017 at 19:20

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This seems like a reasonable request. If you were confused by this, presumably others might be as well. I've now created the as a synonym of .

If you now try to tag something with , it will be tagged with .

  • doesn't symbolic link refer to both hard and soft links? Should we also make a synonym for hard-link?
    – ravery
    Commented Nov 19, 2017 at 14:44
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    @ravery no, symbolic links are symlinks, and are also called soft links. Hard links (the default action of ln) are different. See man ln or the relevant Wikipedia entry.
    – terdon
    Commented Nov 19, 2017 at 17:51

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