So i flagged this question as off topic; belongs on Super User. The flag was declined and i have a hard time understanding why. It seems to be a textbook example of a question that does not belong on SF according to the guidelines in SF's FAQ.
It's a question that directly related to a fundemental command in linux and should be better suited for another site than a place for "system administrators and desktop support professionals, people who manage or maintain computers in a professional capacity"
EDIT: Thanks guys, i think i have a better understanding of how to flag questions now.