Questions tagged [command-names]

Use this tag for questions about where command names come from. For example, "what does the f in fbar stand for?"

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What, if any, naming convention was used for the standard Unix commands?

I was trying to find the naming convention for Linux commands. For commands like cp, rm, mv, etc it seems to be based on first and second last character like move is mv list is ls copy is cp change ...
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Why does Plan 9 use “snarf” instead of “copy”?

When you watch presentations about Plan 9 and its acme editor you might notice that the name for copy is snarf (I wasn't able to find any meaningful explanation unfortunately). Why is it so? Is ...
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Which 2-letter POSIX command is different from all the others?

I was interviewed for an internship and I got the same question as this one: http://www.glassdoor.com/Interview/Which-2-letter-POSIX-command-is-different-from-all-the-others-QTN_498236.htm The ...
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What does the “f” in fdisk stand for?

gdisk stands for GPT fdisk. cfdisk stands for curses fdisk. And so on and so forth. However, what does the original "f" in fdisk stand for? The only things I can think of would be either "files" or "...
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What does dd stand for?

I know very well what the command does, but man dd, info dd tell me: 'Convert and copy a file', as does GNU Coreutils. Google says its an abbreviation of everything between medicine and bad webchat ...