Improving Manpage Content
February 27, 2009
For those looking to contribute to Ubuntu (and in general, to Linux)
documentation, I’m pleased to announce a new vector.
I have previously posted about the Ubuntu Manpage Repository:
Clicking on the bug icon will bring you to a Launchpad page where you can report a bug against the package providing incorrect manpage content. Please file these bugs with:
- Importance: Wishlist
- Tags: manpage
Note also that you can download the source of any given manpage directly from the manpage-repository webpage. See the link to ecryptfs.7.gz:
For information about generating a patch, see:
From the manpage source, you can correct the manpage documentation, generate a patch, and attach it to the Launchpad bug. If you do this, make sure you:
- flag the attachment as a patch
- mark the bug as ‘In Progress’
- assign the bug to yourself
- subscribe the appropriate team for uploading
And in the interest of being a good Open Source Citizen, please also forward your patch to the appropriate upstream project (and/or Debian)!