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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH 0/6] docs: convert manpages to pod

On Mon, Jul 24, Ian Jackson wrote:

> * There are a lot of other documents in docs/misc/ which are in
> markdown format.  Some of them are internal.  I'm pretty sure we don't
> want them _all_ converted.  So even if you convert the manpages, these
> documents will remain.

I did not intent to change other files outside of docs/man/.
Just the references to non-existant manpages triggered this series.

Sometimes I wish that xen-command-line.5 exists, but google always
helped in such occasions.

> * It may be that there are other markdown processors which could be
> substituted for pandoc - either at runtime or by changing the Xen
> Project's default, upstream.

After a quick research there is a ruby "ronn" and go/ruby "md2man". Both
would have the same dependency issue. Perhaps ruby is less troublesome
because YaST is written in ruby.

> * Our markdown documents are, I think, intended to be plain text which
> can be simply shipped as-is.  So for things other than manpages you
> can probably just ship them as if they were text files.  If the end
> user wants to read them in a fancy format (eg HTML) they could install
> the relevant processor.

Yes. I have to see what HTML we ship. So far it did not cause trouble.

> * I don't understand why promoting GHC would be a problem.  But, in
> the worst case, rather than demoting Xen, you could simply not ship
> certain docs (although - see above about plain text).

The package ghc is in the tree since nearly 5 years, pandoc since 3
years. The hurdle is likely that a 4GB DVD is filled quickly. It is
always a fight to get everyone happy, and ghc is seen as leaf package.


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