Is it OK to ask questions like "what is the etymology of hdparm command name?"?

General topic matches https://askubuntu.com/help/on-topic ("Using and administering official Ubuntu flavors", "Running third-party applications", "Development on Ubuntu").

It is not explicitly rejected by https://askubuntu.com/help/dont-ask

Main problem that I see is that while for some commands there may be some obviously correct answer for others the best answers is "it appears to be unclear" and it is impossible to guess it before asking (except cases of self-answered questions).

  • @MarkKirby Make that an answer and I'll upvote it. @ OP: Thanks for asking here first, you're doing it right! – dessert Feb 13 '18 at 13:20
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    You better edit this question with a link to U+L if you do ask it :-D – Rinzwind Feb 13 '18 at 13:46
  • Perhaps the question would be more appropriate for Unix & Linux SE. – Aaron Franke Feb 27 '18 at 4:22

Good question and I do think people would like your question, however, the issue would be that the history of commands goes back way further than Ubuntu and as the question is not Ubuntu-centric it would likely be off topic here.

Having said that, I think it might be on topic at http://unix.stackexchange.com

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