[ntp:questions] Re: Latest changes to TWiki GettingStarted

Brad Knowles brad.knowles at skynet.be
Sun Oct 5 15:14:28 UTC 2003

At 6:09 AM +0000 2003/10/05, Hal Murray wrote:

>  I'm not sure it makes sense to try to cram setting up the config
>  file into the same mechanism.  I'd be happy if INSTALL had a pointer
>  to the rest of the documentation.

	Rest of the documentation?  Where?  On a web page somewhere on 
the 'net?  In an HTML file that may be shipped with the distribution? 
In another text file that may be shipped with the distribution?

	Would you be willing to exclusively use just one of those sources 
as your only method of getting the information you need?

	When setting up a server, it is not unusual to not have any kind 
of web browser at all available to you.  Therefore, any documentation 
provided in HTML format in the distribution will be worse than 
useless.  Likewise, it's not helpful to have the HTML documentation 
somewhere on the 'net.

	Plain text files are the lowest common denominator, and while we 
may opt to have documentation available in other formats, if we're 
going to provide a suitable service to the community, I see no option 
but to accommodate this lowest common denominator.

>                                     It would also be nice if there
>  were man pages, even if all they did was point to the html files
>  where the real info lives.  (I've learned not to bother asking
>  for ntp related man pages by now, but I still remember my initial
>  frustrations.)

	Having man pages is also very high on my list of things we need to do.

Brad Knowles, <brad.knowles at skynet.be>

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