Subject: Re: port-i386/4651: Man page describing booting NetBSD from Wind
To: None <tech-userlevel@NetBSD.ORG, firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Ty Sarna <email@example.com>
Date: 12/09/1997 11:38:04
Moved to tech-userlevel since I think it's more appropriate.
[Discussion about wether how-to documents need their own man section]
In article <XFMail.firstname.lastname@example.org> you write:
> isnt category 7 for miscellaneous things? That might be a good place.. Though
> since it's windows it should probably go under 6. ;)
Section 7 still isn't right... in fact, I think how-to's fit in section 8
better than 7.
Here's the arguments pro and con for adding a new how-to section:
+ How-to's are logically separate from "system maintenance and operation
+ Some people are confused by, eg, adduser(8), which they think is a
+ Creating a section for how-tos may stimulate writing more of them.
+ There's no shortage of tasks that need how-tos written about them
(setting up network boot server, compiling a kernel, seetting up a
multi-os boot, etc.)
+ There are a few how-to pages already so that it won't be entirely bare
(adduser, compat_xxx, the w95boot page I wrote)
- There is only one section digit left (0), which might be better user
for something else (user introduction or unix novice documentatiuon or
- The only alternative to 0 is a letter. The only precedent for this I
know of is Tcl's section 'n'.