Server Guide PDF

Adam Sommer asommer70 at
Thu Jan 22 13:39:46 UTC 2009

On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 3:40 AM, Matthew East <mdke at> wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 2:39 AM, Adam Sommer <asommer70 at> wrote:
> > Hey all,
> >
> > I wanted to get some feedback for a patch I've worked up that will
> re-enable
> > creating a PDF file for the Server Guide.  I say "re-enable" because most
> of
> > the code in the Makefile is already there, it just needed a little
> > tweaking.  There has been multiple instances of user's requesting a PDF
> > version of the Server Guide, and the rest of the Ubuntu docs for that
> > matter.  It was on my list for Intrepid, but I didn't get around to
> working
> > on it.
> >
> > Anyway, attached is a patch for the Makefile and debian/rules to create
> the
> > PDF file.  If there is any way the code can be improved please let me
> know.
> The changes to the Makefile look ok to me, but the changes to the
> packaging in debian/rules don't look to me like they will work. You
> haven't included any scope in the packaging for installing the build
> dependencies required to generate the pdf. In any event, I don't think
> it can or should be done because:

Garr, you're right I forgot about the builddeps.

> 1. fop is required so that will pull in large build dependencies into
> ubuntu-docs in order to build the package (java etc)
> 2. latest fop is required and there is no way to install that on the
> buildds
> 3. I vaguely recollect that in order to build the PDF, a headless
> server (i.e. a server without a desktop environment) will not work
> because of something to do with the image libraries used.
> To be honest, I don't really see the point in including a PDF in the
> ubuntu-serverguide package anyway, because Ubuntu Server doesn't come
> with a pdf viewer, does it?

Nope, not by default.  The goal isn't necessarily to view the PDF on a
server install, but to have it available.

> In sum, I'm happy to release a pdf for the serverguide and to put it
> on, as indeed we have done in the past, but I think
> you should revert your changes to debian/rules.

Placing a PDF version of the guide on would be greatly
appreciated.  Thanks for the feedback Matthew.

Party On,
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