Where did the handbook go?

Manolis Kiagias sonicy at otenet.gr
Fri Jan 1 21:45:47 UTC 2010

On 01/01/2010 11:34 μ.μ., Frank Wißmann wrote:
> Manolis Kiagias schrieb:
>> On 01/01/2010 10:01 μ.μ., Frank Wißmann wrote:
>>> Hi all!
>>> I am wondering where my handbook is. Under /usr/share/doc/de/ where it
>>> used to be is nothing appropriate. Has anybody an idea for me? Using
>>> sysinstall to install additional docs didn't solve the problem. Or am
>>> I wrong?
>>> Greetings Frank
>> We now got the concept of documentation packages. These are installed in
>> /usr/local/share/doc/freebsd and are available in all languages (for
>> which a doc project exists of course) and in a variety of formats as
>> usual (pdf, html and so on).
>> If you haven't installed them when installing FreeBSD, you can do so
>> easily by reinserting your DVD and running sysinstall. Select
>> 'Configure' and then 'Documentation Installation'.
>> You can also install using pkg_add or build what's needed from ports.
>> For example, the German docs port is in:
>> misc/freebsd-doc-de
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> This was, together with Warren's answer, what I needed. The docs are
> building now and I hope I find what I need.
> But that leads me to the question: Is there no handbook anymore in the
> base system? And. if yes, why not?
> Frank
Not really in the base system, although you can install them using
sysinstall as said above and they are still available in the
installation media.  The advantage of having the documentation as ports
(or packages) is they get upgraded with portupgrade. So the local docs
are not now a static snapshot of what was available when the RELEASE was
done, but rather an evolving set of packages that can be upgraded along
with anything else. There is a continuing effort of improving (and
translating) the documentation and it is good to always be able to have
the latest available locally if you wish.

(Please note the change in path, as these are now packages they are
installed in /usr/local/share/doc)

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