Hi all, As Javier noted just after releasing Sarge , we need better documentation integration tools in Debian. Yes, we have dhelp , but it lacks loads of features, and it's not what I would call "in shape" . I have tried to fix this situation, mostly by organizing and merging bug reports, and writing a couple of patches for them. I have even rewritten dhelp_parse, one of the main utilities, in Ruby  (mostly because it's a huge PITA finding and fixing bugs in a largely text processing program... written in C). It maintains compatibility with the documentation database, so it's a drop-in replacement. At least it should :-) I have tried to talk to the maintainer several times, but, although he replied to the first messages, he has been pretty unresponsive to the most important ones. I understand that now is probably the _worst_ moment to make potentially disruptive changes to any package, so what I propose is: 1) Give Stefan some time to reply. 2) Make a list of interested people, so we can start a group (a package like dhelp should be maintained by several people IMHO), and take the old Alioth project  back to life. 3) Start discussing a pending problem, related to dhelp _and_ other packages: the official section list . 4) Perhaps, set up a wiki with ideas. 5) Perhaps even upload the Ruby version to experimental, so people can start playing with it. If Stefan doesn't reply and nothing weird happens, I plan to hijack the dhelp package *after releasing Etch*. Best regards, 1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/06/msg00462.html 2. http://packages.debian.org/dhelp 3. http://bugs.debian.org/dhelp . In particular, see the bug ages. 4. http://people.debian.org/~zoso/arch/dhelp--ruby--0.5/ if you're curious 5. http://alioth.debian.org/projects/dhelp/ 6. See my comments at the end of http://bugs.debian.org/19076 -- Esteban Manchado Velázquez <email@example.com> EuropeSwPatentFree - http://EuropeSwPatentFree.hispalinux.es Help spread it through the Net in signatures, webpages, whatever!
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