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tldp - tools for publishing from TLDP sources
This package was written for the Linux Documentation Project to help with
management and automation of publication of source documents. The primary
interface provided is a command-line toolset.
The supported source formats can be listed, but contain at least, Linuxdoc,
DocBookSGML and DocBook XML 4.x.
TLDP = The Linux Documentation Project.
The tools in this package process source documents in the `TLDP document
repository <>`_ and generate the following set of
outputs from each source document.
- .pdf, PDF
- .txt, text
- -single.html, a one-page HTML document
- .html, a multipage HTML document
(We may add other output formats.)
Supported input formats are:
- Linuxdoc
- Docbook SGML 3.x (though deprecated, please no new submissions)
- Docbook SGML 4.x
- Docbook XML 4.x
- Docbook XML 5.x
There's a source repository which has many source directories containing
documents. Each directory containing (sourcedir).
A source document can be a file in a sourcedir or a directory in the
sourcedir. Note that the file Assembly-HOWTO.xml is self-contained. The
directory BRIDGE-STP-HOWTO a file BRIDGE-STP-HOWTO.sgml.::
Each document can be identified by its stem name. In the above, the stems are
`Assembly-HOWTO` and `BRIDGE-STP-HOWTO`.
There is a directory containing the output collection. Each directory is named
by the stem name of the source document and contains the output formats for
each source document. Here are the corresponding output directories for the
above two documents:::
... and more ...
... and more ...
Example usages:
Here are some example usages against a live checkout of the LDP source
repository and a local cache of the output tree:
To see what work needs to be done, `ldptool --list`::
$ ldptool --list
new DocBook-Demystification-HOWTO
stale Linux-Dictionary
broken PHP-Nuke-HOWTO
orphan Traffic-Control-tcng-HTB-HOWTO
To see publication status of each document:::
$ ldptool --list all | head -n 3
published 3-Button-Mouse
published 3D-Modelling
published 4mb-Laptops
To get more information about the newer or missing files in a specific
$ ldptool --list Linux-Dictionary
stale Linux-Dictionary
newer source /vcs/LDP/LDP/guide/docbook/Linux-Dictionary/Contributors.xml
newer source /vcs/LDP/LDP/guide/docbook/Linux-Dictionary/D.xml
newer source /vcs/LDP/LDP/guide/docbook/Linux-Dictionary/J.xml
newer source /vcs/LDP/LDP/guide/docbook/Linux-Dictionary/O.xml
newer source /vcs/LDP/LDP/guide/docbook/Linux-Dictionary/S.xml
To get the big picture:::
$ ldptool --summary
source 503 3-Button-Mouse, 3D-Modelling, 4mb-Laptops, and 500 more ...
output 503 3-Button-Mouse, 3D-Modelling, 4mb-Laptops, and 500 more ...
published 503 3-Button-Mouse, 3D-Modelling, 4mb-Laptops, and 500 more ...
new 1 DocBook-Demystification-HOWTO
orphan 1 Traffic-Control-tcng-HTB-HOWTO
broken 1 HOWTO-INDEX
stale 1 Linux-Dictionary
To generate a specific output:::
$ ldptool --build DocBook-Demystification-HOWTO
To generate all outputs:::
$ ldptool --build
To generate all outputs, except a trouble-maker:::
$ ldptool --build --skip HOWTO-INDEX
To loudly generate all outputs, except a trouble-maker:::
$ ldptool --build --loglevel debug --skip HOWTO-INDEX
To print out a script of what would be executed:::
$ ldptool --script DocBook-Demystification-HOWTO
The `ldptool` comes with support for reading its settings from the
command-line, environment or a system and/or user-specified configuration
file. If you want to generate a sample configuration file to edit and use
later, you can run:::
ldptool --dump-cfg > my-ldptool.cfg
ldptool --configfile my-ldptool.cfg --list
LDPTOOL_CONFIGFILE=/path/to/ldptool.cfg ldptool --list
Software dependencies
There are a large number of packages listed here in the dependency set. This
is because the supporting software for processing Linuxdoc and the various
DocBook formats is split across many upstream packages and repositories.
Ubuntu / Debian
- git{,-core,-doc,-man}
- linuxdoc-tools{,-text,-latex}
- docbook{,-dsssl,-xsl,-utils}
- htmldoc{,-common}
- xsltproc
- libxml2-utils
- fop
- sgml2x
- openjade
- opensp
- ldp-docbook-xsl
- ldp-docbook-dsssl
- html2text
- docbook5-xml
- docbook-xsl-ns
- jing
- htmldoc
- openjade
- sgmltool
- html2text
- libxml2-tools
- libxslt-tools
- docbook{,5}-xsl-stylesheets
- docbook-dsssl-stylesheets
- docbook-utils-minimal
- jing
There are a few additional data files that are needed, specifically, the TLDP
XSL and DSSSL files that are used by the respective DocBook SGML (openjade) and
DocBook XML (xsltproc) processing engines to generate the various outputs.
On Debian-based systems, there are packages available from the distributor
called ldp-docbook-{xsl,dsssl}. There aren't any such packages for RPM (yet).
This is a pure-Python package, and you should be able to use your favorite
Python tool to install it on your system. The python-tldp package (`ldptool`)
requires a large number of other packages, most of which are outside of the
Python ecosystem. There's room for improvement here, but here are a few
Build an RPM:::
python bdist_rpm
There's a file, `contrib/tldp.spec`, which makes a few changes to the
setuptools stock-generated specfile. Specifically, the package gets named
`python-tldp` instead of `tldp` and the configuration file is marked
I know less about packaging for Debian. Relying on python-stdeb yields a
working and usable Debian package which has been tested out on an Ubuntu
14.04.3 system.
Build a DEB:::
python --command-packages=stdeb.command bdist_deb
I have not tried installing the package in a virtualenv or with pip. If you
try that, please let me know any problems you encounter.
* `Source tree on GitHub <>`_
* `Output documentation tree (sample) <>`_