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Re: man page section "debian" ?

On Tue, 27 May 1997, Andreas Jellinghaus wrote:

> On May 26, Christian Schwarz wrote
> > > AFAIK there is no manual, list or whatever of debian specific things.
> > > so, what about moving all manpages that are debian related to have the
> > > suffix "debian" ? this way anyone can go and say : ok, i know unix, and
> > > i was using other distributions before. lets see how debian is doing
> > > this and that and what special commands i have here.
> > 
> > We currently have the files /usr/doc/*/README.debian for Debian specific
> > changes of programs. In addition, the we plan to write a "Debian User's
> > Guide" that describes the specifics of a Debian system (just check at the
> > home page of the Debian Documentation Project at
> >   http://fatman.mathematik.tu-muenchen.de/~schwarz/debian-doc/ )
> sure. a debian user's guide (or debian admin guide or however you call
> it) would be great. but debian specific commands (dpkg*, deb-make*,
> update-rc.d, update-inetd.conf etc) will have to be documented in this
> book. and till we have such a book, it would be a god thing, if you can
> say "ok, we don't have a book now, but start with reading all *debian
> manpages. dwww will give you a list."

Ok. But before we start discussing where the docs should be, someone will
have to write them.

So there is an IMHO very important task: someone will have to write a
(good) manpage for dpkg and dselect! How can we say we want to compete
with RPM if our (excellent) dpkg comes with a manpage saying "This manual
was inaccurate when it was written and is now also out of date." and our
dselect doesn't even have a man page !!!

Perhaps we should make this the #1 goal of Debian 2.0: write a manpage for
dpkg and dselect :-)



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