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stf92 02-01-2011 02:39 PM

The g prefix in linux program names.
 
Hi:

Somebody once told me, in LQ, what the 'g' in names like gzip, gawk means, because I had assumed the incorrect meaning. Cf. zip, awk. I have now forgotten. An easy answer would be: GNU. Perhaps it's the correct one. Anyways, feedback would be welcome.

mudangel 02-01-2011 02:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stf92 (Post 4244979)
An easy answer would be: GNU. Perhaps it's the correct one.

I think you're right on that one, "GNU tools" and all that...

GazL 02-01-2011 02:48 PM

Sometimes the 'g' means it's the GNU version of a traditional UNIX tool. Sometimes the 'g' means it's a gnome or gtk version of a particular program, and sometimes it's just a program that starts with a 'g'

bgeddy 02-01-2011 02:50 PM

It's means "part of the GNU project" for a lot of packages. Here's a list of all the packages involved.

stf92 02-01-2011 02:56 PM

Thanks to all you, guys, and especially to bgeddy for his link.

lumak 02-01-2011 04:11 PM

@ GazL

Even if you were to say the g for a particular program was part of Gnome or GTK you would still be right in saying it's part of GNU ;P

It's like calling a square a rectangle but a rectangle is not a square.

raymor 02-01-2011 09:29 PM

Yeah, GNU or GPL, although developers often use the g in some other cute acronym.

GazL 02-02-2011 05:27 AM

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Originally Posted by lumak (Post 4245065)
Even if you were to say the g for a particular program was part of Gnome or GTK you would still be right in saying it's part of GNU ;P


Not all programs written to run on gnome/gtk are a part of gnome or of GNU. Third parties also write programs using the gnome or gtk libraries, and often those programs will be prefixed 'g' by those developers to signify the fact. And sometimes programs that are a part of Gnome don't get a 'g' prefix. My point was that you can't infer anything from the 'g' prefix because it can signify different things to different people, or even nothing al all.

archtoad6 02-05-2011 08:20 AM

GNU, Gnome, & GTK may like to use initial "G's", just like KDE likes 'K'; but it's not like they have any claim on their favorite letters. :)


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