More information in the Appendix

Gerard Beekmans gerard at
Thu Jan 16 13:54:29 PST 2003

On January 16, 2003 02:22 pm, Timothy Bauscher wrote:
> How about providing more information for each package in
> the appendix? Possible additions include:
> o Link to Freshmeat project page.
> o Link to package documentation, should the FM link not
>   lead one to such information.
> o Hints related to the package.
> o BLFS pages related to the package.
> o Alternative software (a larger list than the version
>   which might be found on the install pages).
> o Link to alternative software project page, documentation,
>   or whatnot.

I like all these ideas. Let's go for it.

> Also, why are the dependency lists in the Appendix? It
> seems to me that the appendix is for covering information
> outside the scope of the install pages, not for repeating
> such information.

The reason is easy access. If you want to check the info for package xyz you 
don't need to scroll through chapters 5 and/or 6 to find where the package 
is. The appendix is the logical place for this kind of meta-data. We 
duplicate it in chapters 5 and 6 because it's more convenient to read, 
espeically when reading non-html

Gerard Beekmans

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