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Maybe a new command like "DELSYNC" should be added that acts like the current DEL behavior, and in a future version DEL could be changed to act like UNLINK?

Async in Redis is the exception, so I don't think delsync is necessary. DELASYNC doesn't sound bad though, assuming the functionality is exactly the same, but async.

Or call the new version DEL ASYNC or DELASYNC instead of UNLINK?

For what little my opinion matters, I agree it would be clearer if the name helped to indicate that the semantics are the same except it's just an asynchronous DEL. Better than relying on a reference to unix semantics, no?

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