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

On Sat, 02 Dec 2006 16:35:33 +0100 Frans Pop wrote:

> On Saturday 02 December 2006 15:50, Francesco Poli wrote:
> > 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.
> Then you should probably look inside the manual itself, specifically:
> http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/apds02.html.en

That is good for learning how to get the latest development version.
But if one wants the source for the published stable version, well, it
does not seem easy...

> I agree that for Sarge it is then still quite hard to make the link to
> the  manual, but for Etch, where the manual has its own source
> package, I'd  expect people to be able to find it.

As I said, being aware that the manual is *actually* packaged in a .deb
package is not trivial.
*You* can perceive it as obvious, *I* can know it (even if, as I told
you previously, I had forgotten it for a while...), but many people
(especially those who are coming from some other distros, or from
proprietary OSes) won't understand that immediately...

> If not, they can always ask on the debian-boot list. Finding the
> address  for that should be no problem.

Why not making things clearer, rather than being prepared to answer
questions on mailing lists?
Once again, new users can be too shy to pop up on a mailing list...

> Adding a link to the tarbal is next to impossible as it would have to 
> include a changing version number.

What do you mean?
I'm talking about the published stable version of the manual: it's been
the same exact version since June 2005 so far (or am I wrong?).
Adding a simple link should not be difficult... 

> I honestly see no reason to add the info on the website.

I think I described more than one reason to do so...

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