Where did the handbook go?

Frank Wißmann frank.wissmann41 at web.de
Fri Jan 1 21:50:31 UTC 2010

Manolis Kiagias schrieb:
> 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)
OK, I noticed that and I agree with your argumentation. Now I can go to 
bed and sleep well :-).

Thanks to all!


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