[INN] #47: INN manual

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Sat Dec 27 11:29:28 UTC 2008

#47: INN manual
 Reporter:  eagle        |        Owner:  eagle
     Type:  enhancement  |       Status:  new  
 Priority:  low          |    Milestone:       
Component:  doc          |      Version:       
 Severity:  wishlist     |   Resolution:       
 Keywords:               |  

Comment(by iulius):

 >> [Julien Élie]
 >> By the way, as for a possible texinfo documentation in the future, why
 wouldn't it be generated by pod2latex from existing documentation?
 >> I believe the organization you have done in your website is quite good
 (introduction, developers, filtering, conf files, daemons, data files,
 etc.) and it could be used for the texinfo documentation.
 >> The only missing stuff would be a little glue between the different
 sections and it could be achieved with an additional intro-*.pod for each
 >> As a matter of fact, I do not think maintaining another documentation
 for texinfo only is a good idea.  It is already hard enough to keep a
 documentation up to date!  So the easiest thing I see is generating a
 texinfo documentation directly from existing POD files:  for each section,
 a special overall introduction followed by the juxtaposition of existing
 manual pages.
 >> Or perhaps do you have another idea?
 > [Russ Allbery]
 > The main reason for going to texinfo, which I thought of as a very long-
 term project, is that it's really a nicer language for writing a real,
 printable manual in than POD is.  Unfortunately, the HTML output isn't
 always great, but it provides much better typographic control and the
 printed output is wonderful.  It also provides chapters, indexes, a table
 of contents, and other things that are mostly a hack in POD.
 > If we went to texinfo, it would probably be as a  comprehensive rewrite
 of the current INSTALL and checklist as a full-blown manual, keeping the
 man pages for detailed reference (since everything should have a man page
 in addition).  I could see putting a lot of information about INN's
 internals into a texinfo document as well.

Ticket URL: <http://inn.eyrie.org/trac/ticket/47#comment:1>
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