future of the Ubuntu Packaging Guide

Matthew East mdke at ubuntu.com
Thu Sep 13 10:12:00 BST 2007


On 13/09/2007, Daniel Holbach <daniel.holbach at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> Am Mittwoch, den 12.09.2007, 11:10 -0700 schrieb Jordan Mantha:
> > After some discussion with Daniel Holbach and Matthew East I would
> > like to propose that the Ubuntu Packaging Guide be moved from the Doc
> > Team repo/website to the wiki.
> I appreciate that initiative. Reviewing the MOTU wiki pages I found a
> lot of pages that would live better in an aggregated PackagingGuide/
> wiki namespace.
> One thing the growth of MOTU wiki pages shows is:
>      * we're doing a lot of work on the wiki, it's natural for us to
>        use it
>      * we can't afford to have things living in different places, they
>        get out of date and people get confused if things don't live in
>        a definite place
> Once we find out how we can convert moin wiki to docbook (and I believe
> there's a tool for that), we can package that by a script quite easily.

Haha, the million dollar question. Unfortunately the moin -> docbook
and docbook -> moin tools are not finished at the moment, and no one
is working on them. They also require at least Moin 1.6 (currently
beta, releasing later this year hopefully), and our wiki is a really
old 1.3.

Anyway, with a few tweaks and a bit of manual correction we should be
able to get the current docbook version working in the wiki (even the
docbook->moin tools assume a relatively recent moin version, such as
1.5.*, but we can probably work around it). Packaging is probably a
secondary concern for now given that most newcomer developers are
likely to look online for the documentation.

Matthew East
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