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Re: DNS volunteer needed

On Mon, 25 Oct 1999 terry@animats.net wrote:

> OSWG are making very interesting inroads.
> They seem to have decided on some document standards, have just about
> completed a CVS server, building a HOWTO repository and are discussing
> licensing issues. They even managed to produce a nice logo without
> prizes, in a couple of weeks and with no banner ads.

This was a message posted by Daniel Barlow in regard to the new OSWG CVS
repository for all who are interested.

>From dan@tninkpad.telent.net Sun Oct 24 20:43:39 1999
Date: 24 Oct 1999 20:34:24 +0100
From: Daniel Barlow <dan@tninkpad.telent.net>
Reply-To: techwriters@linuxchix.org
To: OSWG Mailing list <techwriters@linuxchix.org>
Subject: [oswg] CVS repository now available

The structure is heavily influenced by what the FreeBSD people have
done, so start by reading Nik Clayton's previous post to this list at


There are a few differences and/or points that that doesn't cover:

1) We treat English no differently from any other language (contrast
   the FDP archive, in which the 'original' English man pages are off
   in /usr/man, and only the translations are here)

2) We can't make the packaging system work for us as seamlessly as
   they can, because we have to cater for multiple systems and
   distributions.  (This is not just Red Hat Linux ...)

   There is a top-level directory /oswg/bin in which people are invited to
   place scripts that will do the appropriate thing on their system to
   turn SGML into HTML or PS or ..., to install manual pages, to
   produce an RPM, whatever.

3) There is no big top-level Makefile.  I don't even know if people
   will want to check out the whole repository if they're only working
   on one document, so it may not be appropriate.  Discuss.

4) The 'important' file - the main file for the "source form" of the
   document - is the one with the same name as the directory, plus
   appropriate extension.  For example, there is the directory


   When there's a document actually there, it will be


   In the meantime, the directory can be (is) used as a dumping ground
   for other files, bits of source material, graphics, subsidary
   files, etc.  We know they're not release candidates because they
   don't have that name.  That means that contributors who aren't
   doing their own DocBook markup can put their plain text (or
   whatever) into CVS as a way for the marker-uppers to get hold of it

   The other important file for each project is probably a README that
   says whose project it is, how they can be contacted, what needs
   doing, how and whether they'd prefer you send changes, etc.

5) Issue not addressed: how to deal with hyperlinks between documents.
   At this point I just want to let people start getting the source
   text in, and have someone else worry about how to hyperlink between
   documents when there are some documents to link between.

6) There are also man page directories in there, though probably not a
   full set.  I'm going to suggest that each man page doesn't need its
   own source directory, but can be the single file "foo.1" (nroff
   source) or the pair of files "foo.1" (nroff source) and "foo.txt"
   (text document that someone else is expected to convert into nroff
For an account, mail dan@telent.net with preferred username and
crypted password (see my mail of earlier today)

Once you have an account, you do something like

$ CVSROOT=:pserver:yourusername@oswg.org:/home/cvs/cvsroot; export CVSROOT
$ cvs login
;; supply your password at the prompt
$ cvs checkout oswg
;; wait a while

If you use a C-like shell (csh, tcsh) rather than a Bourne-like (ash,
bash, sh, zsh) that first line won't work - instead use the equivalent

$ setenv CVSROOT :pserver:yourusername@oswg.org:/home/cvs/cvsroot

Once you've logged in once you won't need to again unless you lose

Enjoy.  Start, if you like, by looking at the aforementioned
linux-c-programming guide and figure out if you want to write any
portion of it.


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