and seem to refer to the same thing. A lot of questions are tagged with both.


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The annoying bit is that jail has a specific meaning on FreeBSD that that is a kind of virtualization, somewhat similar to LXC. It looks like 90% of the chroot-jail questions are tagged Linux because many people have confused the term.

I think that we need to go through , , and tags. All three should be completely removed and in the cases where appropriate we add a tag like . For the questions not actually about a freebsd jail we retag as .

I am not sure a synonym is appropriate. I hope if we eliminate the tag it won't come back?

There are also a smattering of questions that don't seem to be about a chroot setup, or freebsd-jails, and instead asking about some general application virtualization type setup. We probably can't just do a mass-retag. People will need to look at the questions individual and re-tag as needed.

  • Yeah, I was aware of FreeBSD jails, but I've never seen them referred to as a "chroot jail", and I didn't spot any questions using the tag to mean that. Should I start manually retagging questions if this shouldn't be done with a mass-retag?
    – mgorven
    Commented Oct 30, 2012 at 7:19
  • Seems like chroot-jail should be deleted, with questions retagged to "chroot" or "jail" as is appropriate.
    – Chris S
    Commented Oct 30, 2012 at 15:10

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