where are the handbooks?

perryh at pluto.rain.com perryh at pluto.rain.com
Sun Dec 19 05:12:51 UTC 2010

RW <rwmaillists at googlemail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, 18 Dec 2010 18:09:16 -0800
> perryh at pluto.rain.com wrote:
> > Which of the 8.1-RELEASE distribution sets contains the handbook,
> > developer's handbook, porter's handbook, etc?
> Those distributions were a mystery to me the first time I installed
> FreeBSD and they still are. I've never understood why anyone would
> want to lump together significant ports installation with minor
> base-system penny-pinching in such an opaque way. 
> ... the documentation is packaged ...
> $ ls -d /usr/ports/misc/freebsd-doc-*
> /usr/ports/misc/freebsd-doc-all   /usr/ports/misc/freebsd-doc-ja
> ...

Thanks.  It would never have occurred to me to look for documentation
of the _base_ system in a _port_.  The porter's handbook, maybe, but
the others?  Seems to me like a POLA violation.

Anyway, problem solved after fetching the package.

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