Re: Documentation Policy
Christian Schwarz <email@example.com> wrote:
> If the documentation files in all available formats do not require
> more than 100k of disk space _together_, they may be included in the
> "main" package. Otherwise, the will have to be distributed in
> seperate packages, one for each format.
I think we should aim to get all documentation into separate packages.
Would it not be possible to make the package building tools (deb-make, debstd
etc.) assume a simplest case of ``single binary, and single docs package''
rather than the current ``single binary'' ?
This would have at least two beneficial effects:
o Reduce the size of the ftp archive, by not duplicating documentation
between different architectures.
o Make it much easier to install documentation, without the software
it documents, and vice versa.
For systems where disk space is tight, it would make it much easier to avoid
wasting space on docs.
Being able to install docs. without software would be useful, since it would
allow you to have a central documentation server (on an Intranet server say).
These two features could save considerable volumes of disk space on large
It would be also be useful (for me at least) to have documentation for
software my clients use, but I do not.
We could also install all the documentation for everything in Debian on a Web
server. --- Are we already doing this ? Even if we are, I'm sure it would
be easier if every package `foo' had one or more associated `foo-doc' packages.
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