writing spk howto (?)

Chuck Hallenbeck chuckh at sent.com
Wed Nov 3 08:53:03 EST 2004

I guess I need to clarify myself on this. Kenny's ideas seem exactly
right to me. What I intended to suggest was the need to avoid a howto
which was based exclusively on one distro without recognizing that
others exist. Something that has sections such as:

For Debian users, do this:

For Redhat/Fedora users, do this:

For Slackware users, do this:

My own experience reading howto's has been disappointing when, for
example, a discussion of installing a name server describes the steps
for Redhat users, with no alternative steps given for persons who do not
have the distro specific configuration tools to run.

Let me also say that if it were necessary to start with a good howto for
just Degbian, say, or just Fedora, that would still be better than not
having a howto at all.

Without checking back on my original post, I don't think I am really in
disagreement with Janina or Kenny here.


On Wed, 3 Nov 2004, Kenny Hitt wrote:

> Hi.  The ideal HOWTO in this case would hava a section for each distro.
> I don't believe there is any easy way to just write instructions that
> are independent of a specific distro.
> For example, I only have to build speechd-up from CVS on my Debian box.
> Unstable has a Debian package for speech-dispatcher 0.5. I believe the
> version in testing is still at 0.4, but haven't checked.
> I have to disagree with Chuck on this one.  When I look for a HOWTO, I
> try to find a Debian specific one first and only use a "general" HOWTO
> as a last resort.  I've found doing things my distro's way just makes my
> life easier.
>          Kenny

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