Chuck Robey wrote:
Greg Barniskis wrote:

Chuck Robey wrote:

This is a delayed reposting of something that I might have sent to an initially poorly chosen list; if it still gets no reponse in another day, I might try again, if I can figure out a better FreeBSD list to choose. My predilection for FreeBSD is strong, I would really dislike to be forced to jump to Linux (or, god forbid, to Windows) for this infomation, about using the various FreeBSD ports tools to get to the ability to format docbook materials.

Well, I wasn't trying to write FreeBSD documentation, I was trying to generate my own personal documentation, using a schema that would hopefully be far more generally available. Back when I was using groff and the mm macros (yesterday!) I never would have used some locally tweaked version of the mm macros, unless I included those changes in my docs, because then no one else would be able to use my documents. Am I wrong in considering the FDP generated documentation as being in that category, not terribly uselful outside the FreeBSD project.

That's the reason I asked about docbook in general. Obviously, doing FDP stuff is made truly simple. There isn 't some way to adapt the FDP installation to support he generation of more general docbook xml (such as the latest 4.x series stuff, I think 4.5x). ?

Best list:

Good starting point:

Detailed tutorial:

Tools: check out everything that is installed by these metaports:


Sorry, I could have been more expansive and specific, but there's a new and extremely cranky (non-FreeBSD) server here and it's all I can do between its firestorms to dash off brief missives on other topics.

I wanted to point you at the general state of the FreeBSD community work with DocBook, and that project's list since they'll likely have the expertise you seek in general terms. I know they are not doing everything you asked about specifically but it's a starting point to explore capabilities; the metaports certainly install plenty of general tools and capabilities in addition to the FreeBSD specific stuff.

If the metaports are not interesting to you, I think you can just install the DocBook port, Java, and many typical DocBook tools one at a time (xalan, saxon, jade, fop, etc., etc.). There should be everything you need in the ports collection one way or another. If your question is "which of the dozens of XML/XSL processing tools is best for DocBook [4|5]", I don't know, but suspect the answer's in the metaports and/or the Doc Project list arena (check their archives and/or ask away over there).

Hope that helps more.

Greg Barniskis, Computer Systems Integrator
South Central Library System (SCLS)
Library Interchange Network (LINK)
<gregb at>, (608) 266-6348
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