Re: Available Documentation in the Debian's WWW/FTP mirrors/CDs
On Thu, Mar 02, 2000 at 06:02:48PM +0100, Javier Fdz-Sanguino Pen~a wrote:
> I intend to do my best, if nobody else is working on it (or even if
> it is), to have a stardand way to distribute our documentation in all the mediums
> final users will see but I need some help of those who know why it currently is
> how it is.
I'll explain the bits I know.
Some of the docs on the ftp site are added by package maintainer by
doing something special when uploading a new package. I believe that
debian policy is handled this way. Any of these that are also on the
web site get there by my cron job.
Some docs on the web and ftp site are added using cron jobs by me.
Everything under releases/ is currently handled by the boot floppies
group. Aph can correct this if it is wrong.
The ddp stuff is handled by the ddp. :)
Basically, it is a big mess. Here is what I'd like to see:
All Debian documentation should be under CVS and accessable to
people maintaining the web and ftp sites. It should be the
responsibility of the people maintaining a document to generate
all the different formats needed. It is then the responsibility of
the web and ftp maintainers to mirror the documentation into their
respective areas (they must be given access to the relevant CVS).
The most recent stable version should be tagged, using 'stable' say,
so the web and ftp maintainers don't need to know the details about
Additionally, all documentation should be clearly marked with a
contact address so problems can be sent to right people for correction.
The webmasters are sent quite a few notices of broken links
or documentation problems. I have given up on forwarding most of
them since it is often unclear who the maintainer is or previous
problems reported have never been fixed. This sucks.
The basic idea here is that the people creating the documentation
know the details of what they work on while the web and ftp
maintainers don't. At the same time, documentation maintainers
don't want to know the details of the web or ftp setup.
James (Jay) Treacy