[openstack-dev] [docs] Our Install Guides Only Cover Defcore - What about big tent?

Doug Hellmann doug at doughellmann.com
Wed Mar 30 13:46:29 UTC 2016

On Wed, Mar 30, 2016, at 03:37 AM, Thomas Goirand wrote:
> On 03/29/2016 08:33 PM, Doug Hellmann wrote:
> > If the core doc team isn't able to help you maintain it, maybe it's a
> > candidate for a separate guide, just like we're discussing for projects
> > that aren't part of the DefCore set included in the main guide.
> > 
> > Doug
> This is exactly what I don't want. Only installing the packages
> themselves is different. Like for example, "apt-get install foo" and
> answering a few debconf prompts is often enough to get packages to work,
> without the need for manual setup of dbs, or rabbitMQ credentials. But
> that's maybe 20% of the install-guide, and the rest of is left
> untouched, with no conditionals. For example the description of the
> services, testing them after install, etc. Having a separated guide
> would mean that someone would be left to write a full install-guide from
> scratch, alone. That isn't desirable.
> It is also my hope that the packaging on upstream infra will get going.
> If it does, it will make more sense to get the Debian guide up to speed,
> and probably there will be more contributors.

Perhaps that common content should be a separate guide? I don't know the
best solution, but I don't think requiring any one team to keep up with
*everything* needed to install all projects on all platforms using all
available tools is the right approach. See Conway's Law.


> Cheers,
> Thomas Goirand (zigo)
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