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[openFATE 306404] Provide access to manuals
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  • Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2009 18:24:27 +0000 (GMT)
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Feature changed by: Juergen Weigert (jnweiger)
Feature #306404, revision 23
Title: Provide access to manuals

openSUSE-11.2: Evaluation
Requester: Important

openSUSE-11.3: Evaluation
Requester: Mandatory

Requested by: Frank Sundermeyer (fsundermeyer)

In openSUSE 11.1 it is almost impossible for a regular user to access
the official manuals.
By default, only the complete set of HTML manuals is installed, while
the PDFs are not installed by default. There is no way of easily
locating the packages containing them unless you know the package
names. In order to improve this
* the term "manual" has to appear in the package name or at least in
the summary of the package
* a Pattern "Manuals" is needed
Theoretically the HTML manuals should be accessible via the KDE or
GNOME help center. In the past the help centers have made lots of
trouble when integrating the manuals, so they almost always were either
not available in KDE or GNOME. Since the release of KDE4, for example,
they can no longer be integrated into the KDE help center. Apart from
that, the help center has certain disadvantages:
* no proper search within the manuals
* too many clicks are needed to access a manual
* not printable
* users of other GUIs have no easy access to the manuals (via the
filesystem only)
Therefore the PDFs have to be installed by default, too. Additionally
an entry "Manuals" with links to the PDFs has to be added to the main
menus of the GUIs (KDE, GNOME, XFCE,...).

Documentation Impact:
Evaluate if RPMs can postinstall the unpacked PDFs from the install-

#1: Michael Löffler (michl19) (2009-06-05 16:15:21)
Having the manuals accessible in the Help Center is sufficient, adding
pdfs imo just nice to have.

#2: Frank Sundermeyer (fsundermeyer) (2009-12-01 16:39:11) (reply to
As I pointed out in the initial description: Since the release of KDE4 the
manuals are no longer available from the KDE help center.

#3: Juergen Weigert (jnweiger) (2009-12-01 17:26:58)
This request comes from doc-team and doc-team will implement it. The
request is only here to synchronize efforts.
I see the following defects: - we obsolete old docu packages with
opensuse-manuals_en, but do not require the set of new packages. So
nothing is currently installed. - user has to guess package names and
activly hunt for the packages. do we have a reason for not installing
docs? Disc space should not be a limitation. - installation manual
should also be unpacked in the root directory of the install medium.
RPM package for the installed system also has a copy of this. Look into
a more clever RPM package. - create appropriate mene entries. (desktop
files?) - place a doc-icon on the plasma desktop (decide if we have PDF
or HTML there?) - integrate searchable docs in the startup menue search
I see no reasons for not doing any of the above. PM, please advise.

#4: Karl Eichwalder (keichwa) (2009-12-02 08:04:28)
HTML in KDE4: According to it finally worked on
11.1 (maybe, there is still a confusion with KDE3 and KDE4). A KDE
expert must check this please and tell us how the desktop files must
look alike and where we should install them.
Installing PDF by default: Sometime ago we were told that we should
not clutter the user's disk with install two falors of our manuals and
that HTML would be the better choice. In earlier times the PDFs used to
be unpackaged on the media, though. Aside: I'd rather prefer Info files
(and PDFs), but that's a different story.
Invisibility of the docs: There is quite some noise about the books in
the wiki (and on If you ask google about
"opensuse documentation" or "docs", is
the first hit. It looks a little bit different, if you use "manuals"
instead of "Documentation", but still fine.
Label or Summary of the package description: I just stick with the
book title (modulo bugs). Everything else will lead to confusion. These
days, package metadata are either kept in BS config files or in our
special attributes" files. I would be fine with me, if some human being
or an automatic make command would maintain the attributes file.

+ #7: Juergen Weigert (jnweiger) (2009-12-03 19:24:29) (reply to #5)
+ I added SP1 - I know this is a late feature, and I should file such
+ requests. Sorry. Let us please have some improvement to the current
+ situation in SP1. Minimum effort for SP1 is adding appropriate desktop
+ files. Do we have approval here?

#6: Karl Eichwalder (keichwa) (2009-12-03 14:13:31)
This is a related feature: fate#306322 Accessing PDFs from within the
help centers

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