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Bug#401233: debian-installer-manual: how to get the guide source should be clarified

reopen 40123 !

On Sat, 02 Dec 2006 11:05:22 +0100 Frans Pop wrote:

> On Saturday 02 December 2006 00:59, Francesco Poli wrote:
> > It's not clear to me how to get the source for the Debian
> > Installation Guide.
> For the Sarge version: apt-get source debian-installer
> For the Etch version: apt-get source installation-guide
> In both cases you could have found out by looking at the 
> packages.debian.org website as that lists which source package each 
> normal package belongs to.
> http://packages.debian.org/stable/devel/debian-installer-manual
> http://packages.debian.org/testing/doc/installation-guide-i386

Apologies for not being clear enough.
Let's try to explain things better...

The problem is *not* that the source for the stable version of the
manual is not distributed: it is, and that's OK.  Hence the wishlist
severity of the bug.

The problem is: figuring out where to get the source by looking at the
webpage[1] is not made easy.  In that page[1] there are links for a
great number of compiled versions of the manual, but no direct link the
the source.
I searched inside the page and found no hints.
I found hints to use the subversion repository elsewhere, tried to dig
the WebSVN interface and got lost.
Only *then* I remembered that the manual is also packaged and thus found
the source tar archive[2].
I could have been smarter in the first place, I admit it's my poor
brain's fault, but anyway why not making things easier?

I've been using Debian since 2002 and I don't consider myself a totally
inexperienced user.
Just imagine some casual Gordon Gpllover that knows little about Debian
and wants (for reasons unknown) to redistribute a PDF version of the
stable Debian installation guide.  He does *not* know that the manual is
also packaged: he finds the webpage[1] and downloads the PDF.  He reads
that the guide is under the GNU GPL and thus knows that he must make the
source available in order to redistribute it (Gordon knows little about
Debian, but is quite familiar with the GNU GPL license!).
In this scenario, a little link to the tar archive[2] from the
webpage[1] would do the trick and make Gordon's life much easier...

I hope I clarified what I meant.

[1] http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/installmanual
[2] http://ftp.debian.org/debian/pool/main/d/debian-installer/debian-installer_20050317sarge1.tar.gz

But it is also tradition that times *must* and always
do change, my friend.   -- from _Coming to America_
..................................................... Francesco Poli .
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