The and tags don't seem to be differentiated in any way.

Should they be merged?

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    sync is shorter to type and avoids those nasty s/z problems on different sides of the Atlantic/Pacific.
    – Andrew
    Mar 12, 2012 at 21:47

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Possibly. There's only one counterexample I can think of (Is execution of sync(8) still required before shutting down linux? -- and it's lousy counterexample)

If no other counter-examples come up we can untag that one and make with the merging. (synchronization <- sync)

  • sync is a system call / command, so I suppose a very slim case exists for keeping the tag for that command and untagging/retagging the rest.
    – Andrew
    Mar 12, 2012 at 21:52
  • @Andrew I agree, but I only found the one counter-example I noted above in all of recorded history. There are probably good arguments to be made for saving sync as in sync() though when talking about performance optimization and avoiding said syscall...
    – voretaq7
    Mar 12, 2012 at 22:11

I think they should be synonymized.



Do either of them need to exist? If it were the only tag on a question, it wouldn't do much to categorize it.

  • True, but the same argument can be made for "replication", but I feel that's a valuable semi-meta tag...
    – voretaq7
    Mar 12, 2012 at 22:10
  • Throw 'em all into the void. If your question is about a certain replication or sync technology, tag it with that. If it's a general question about how to sync files on a certain platform, tag it with that.
    – MDMarra
    Mar 12, 2012 at 22:41

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