Feature proposal: New, Standard Documentation System

Thorsten Leemhuis fedora at leemhuis.info
Thu Nov 27 10:06:19 UTC 2008

On 27.11.2008 10:32, Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 08:28:55PM -0600, Michael Cronenworth wrote:
>> Far too often I find myself looking for non-existent man pages, Google  
>> results, or help menus in GNU/Linux software. What's the problem? There  
>> is no single, reliable, standardized documentation system that is  
>> universally accepted or appreciated. Yes, what I'm about to describe  
>> should obsolete man, info, and all the other dozen "help" documentation  
>> found in all the Fedora packages.
> Debian forces all programs to come with a man page.  If one is
> missing, this is considered a bug and packagers have to write one.
> http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-docs.html
> This would be an excellent idea for Fedora to follow (and we can,
> license permitting, use the Debian man pages).

My 2 cent: It would be way better for everyone to get those man pages 

One reason for that: If you add man pages from debian to a fedora 
package then you have to recheck every now and then if the man pages are 
still up2date. That afaics often tends to be forgotten (I'm guilty 
myself here).


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