[Slackdocs] Install Readme Files and the Wiki?

Nocturnal Slacker nocturnal.slacker at hotmail.com
Thu Dec 18 01:15:41 CET 2014

On 12/17/2014 07:38 AM, Eric Hameleers wrote:
> On 12/17/2014 04:29 AM, Matthew Fillpot wrote:
>> On Dec 16, 2014 8:11 PM, "Nocturnal Slacker" <nocturnal.slacker at hotmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> On 12/16/2014 09:03 PM, Hany Aziz wrote:
>>>> Just wondering if the readme files (about setting up an initrd etc) from
>>>> the Slackware install disk have been transcribed or reconfigured for the
>>>> Wiki? They are quite well written, now that I know they are there!
>>>> Interestingly I have been using and installing Slackware for about 4
>>>> years now (13.37, 14 and 14.1) and it never occurred to be to look in
>>>> the root directory of the install disk (and elsewhere) for readme files,
>>>> which is another reason I think it would be useful to give them more
>>>> exposure by including them in the Wiki. Moreover being written by
>>>> Patrick or at least having his official blessing is another point in
>>>> favor of adding them to the Wiki. We probably should get his blessing to
>>>> do so.
>>>> Thanks.
>>>> Sincerely,
>>>> Hany.
>>> Excellent question and suggestion, Hany. I can't say with authority
>>> whether or not the READMEs were ever actually copied over to SlackDocs.
>>> I'm leaning toward not, though. I don't remember ever seeing them
>>> anywhere there.
>>> I don't think there would be an copyright issues with the READMEs, so
>>> transcribing them to the wiki might not be a bad idea. Possibly, Eric
>>> Hameleers could create a directory just for the READMEs similar to the
>>> way we did for the HowTos.
>>> Thanks for writing to the list with this idea. I'm sure Eric H., Niki
>>> K., and others will be here in a bit to comment further.
>>> Regards,
>>> Eric L.
>>> --
>>> V. T. Eric Layton (vtel57, Nocturnal Slacker)
>>> Tampa, Florida, USA
>>> http://vtel57.com
>> My opinion is to direct links to the readme files for the current version
>> on the Slackware ftp server. The contents of the files differ slightly
>> between versions, so it would be best to direct the users to the firs for
>> their version.
>> Thank you,
>> Matthew Fillpot
> I recognize the surprise of finding good documentation in Slackware's
> root directory :-) These files are often overlooked by people who just
> download the ISO and start the installer. Full of relevant information,
> they are. I know... I wrote some of these documents.
> However, I do not really like the idea of copying information from the
> Slackware DVD (or ftp site) into the Wiki. Buy the DVD or burn an ISO
> image if you need a copy.
> I do like Matthew's idea of at least mentioning the various READMEs and
> linking to their locations on the master server.
> I'll come up with something.
> Cheers, Eric

I also like Matthew's idea. I should have thought of that myself;
knowing that the READMEs do change from version to version. We can just
link to them and then amend the linkage when new versions of Slackware
are released. We just need to come up with a page/place to put them on
the wiki.


V. T. Eric Layton (vtel57, Nocturnal Slacker)
Tampa, Florida, USA

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