jail(8) - jail versus prison

Glen Barber gjb at FreeBSD.org
Sat Mar 29 17:41:10 UTC 2014

On Sat, Mar 29, 2014 at 01:35:49PM -0400, Thomas Hoffmann wrote:
> In reading jail(8), I suddenly came upon the term "prison". In fact the
> term "prison" is used 30 times in jail(8), while the term "jail" is used
> 228 times. Is this use of the term "prison" intentional? In reading jail(8)
> it is certainly not clear to me whether  "prison" is being used as a
> synonym for "jail" or is in fact a separate concept within a jail that has
> not been previously defined.
> The Handbook section on jails makes no mention of the term "prison".
> Shouldn't jail(8) be consistent in its use of "jail" versus "prison" if in
> fact it has no special meaning?

The usage of 'prison' in the jail(8) manual is synonymous with 'jail.'


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