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Re: Guidelines: Getting started as author
As always, I do have the script that I wrote, which should set
everything up for you. I've tested it, and now I'm submitting it as
an attachment on a reply to this email.
Some notes to keep in mind:
1. The script assumes you've done everything above the "Downloading the
bzr Branch" section on the Getting Started page. If not, you need to do
that first (setting up your accounts, and joining the team).
2. You need to download the TeXLive installer script from their site
(before running this script), and when prompted, enter it's location in
the format /path-to-file (for example, if it's in your Downloads folder,
it will be /home/yourusername/Downloads NOT ~/Downloads)
3. It will place the Projects folder off of your home folder. So, if you
want the Projects folder located somewhere else, you'll have to fix the
appropriate lines in the script.
4. You'll probably want the Getting Started page open, so you can follow
along (especially when it comes time to install TeXLive).
Also in my particular case, I had to run ssh-add before the script would
download the branch. This was due to some permissions issues that I had
on my .ssh directory (specifically I had Read Permissions for everyone
on my private key file).
So, before you start the TexLive installation, you'll want to scroll up
and make sure it logged you in and downloaded the project files. If not,
hit CTRL+C and fix any errors you got.
If you see something like this:
> Agent admitted failure to sign using the key.
> Permission denied (publickey).
then you need to run ssh-add to fix that.
I'll update the script at the beginning of each project cycle and
re-submit it to the email list. Or someone else can as well.
If you have any problems, feel free to email me (or post a message on the list).
Have a great day.:)
On Sun, 2013-03-10 at 18:51 +0200, c7p wrote:
> Hello all,
> Thank you for your interest in Ubuntu Manual !
> I want to say a welcome to the new authors, editors, and other
> contributors as well and a thank you to contributors that continue
> their work!
> This mail will try to give authors guidelines and also answer some
> possible questions that you may have.
> [Same mail has been sent on previous series]
> Also it would be helpful for new editors to read this mail, and also
> to setup Bazaar and TeX Live.
> Before you continue reading this mail make sure you've read the
> "General Knowledge" section of the following page  (check the end
> of the mail for the link).
> As you've read, contributors share their work on a Bazaar branch and
> the manual consists of LaTeX format files.
> If the Bazaar system confuses you, it's okay. What you must remember
> is that:
> 1) All authors work on LaTeX files or TeX files
> 2) These TeX files are used to build the Ubuntu manual (they are its
> "source code")
> 3) The manual in PDF format is generated from these TeX files. We run
> a single command and the PDF is built.
> Latex is like HTML: you use tags to format the text, that's all. Of
> course you don't have to search the whole Internet to find the
> command you want to use; Kevin has written a style guide for authors
> and other contributors that contain all the Latex commands that
> you'll ever need , it's a great reference.
> Now, as you may haven't installed and played with LaTeX, this seems
> too much of theory and i can imagine that you find it too techy.
> It's not. All you'll do with LaTeX is to add proper LaTeX codes, and
> in some cases to build the manual after you edit your .tex files to
> see the results on the PDF.
> If you find LaTeX confusing and you think that halts your authoring
> progress you are free not to use it.
> For me you should insist in using it for couple of reasons, first of
> all you can make everything as you want.
> The authors must edit the .tex files directly even if they don't want
> to use LaTeX.
> In this case, they can send the modified .tex files to their editors
> for testing and to help fix any bugs.
>  has all the information to get our bazzar branch to your local
> You should follow the "The TeX Live installation guide"  to install
> LaTeX, as it offers extra help.
> Try to install it, if you face any problem post them to the mailing
> That's all the techy stuff from now and on, nothing more nothing
> less :)
> -- --
> Now, here is some information about how author should do their job:
> 0) Install Ubuntu 13.04 and see what's new and what effects your
> section. You can install Ubuntu 13.04 either on your disk or on a
> virtual machine. Here is a "how to" from Che Dean 
> Make sure to update your system often, cause Ubuntu is on development
> stage now.
> 1) Check the material of the previous manual, track changes, make an
> outline what their chapter should contain
> 2) Communicate with other authors through the mailing list. Sometimes
> you'll find yourself wanting to know if something is written on an
> other part of the manual, or wanting to ask other authors about
> something else. It seems that the better the communication though
> contributors is the more consistent the manual is. So do communicate,
> i want to see the mailing list full of mails !
> 3) Gather the information and material you need for your section
> 4) All authors should follow the same Writing Style and know the
> target audience .
> 5) Write your section
> Regarding , if you think that the Writing Style guidelines and
> target group require changes feel free to express yourself.
>  Getting Started page: http://ubuntu-manual.org/getinvolved/authors
>  TexLive Installation: http://ubuntuone.com/5EgcVdmme6TenOGdZGlCDx
>  Writing style:
>  Style guide: http://files.ubuntu-manual.org/style-guide.pdf
>  How To Setup Virtual Box With Ubuntu:
> To recap, if you have questions from the above mail just ask, then
> start with  and if you find any problem do post it to the mailing
> list. It's almost sure that the Latex or bzr installation will "hit"
> Mailing list is a great tool for the team, probably the most important
> one. Use it !
> Let me know what you think and if you have any questions.
> Thank you ! Have a great week !
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