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Re: vacuum and routine maintenance docs

From: "Jim C(dot) Nasby" <jnasby(at)pervasive(dot)com>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Scott Marlowe <smarlowe(at)g2switchworks(dot)com>, pgsql-docs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: vacuum and routine maintenance docs
Date: 2006-01-19 01:14:22
Message-ID: 20060119011422.GM17896@pervasive.com (view raw or flat)
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On Wed, Jan 18, 2006 at 07:55:07PM -0500, Tom Lane wrote:
> Scott Marlowe <smarlowe(at)g2switchworks(dot)com> writes:
> > Well, I'm kind of tempted to rewrite the whole section.  I'd like to
> > come up with some objectives of what we're trying to cover there, and
> > basically start over with all the information that's there plus the
> > other stuff on fsm and mvcc as it applies to vacuum, or link to it as
> > needed.
> 
> > To me, the docs feel kind of like they've evolved over time, so the
> > ordering and general layout feel klunky.  No slam on the folks who wrote
> > them to start with, or updated them.  Just makes my tech docs training
> > come out.
> 
> You're certainly right about the history of the docs, and I agree that a
> ground-up rewrite is the only thing that would help much --- trying to
> incorporate new separately-written material is just going to be "more of
> the same", ISTM, no matter how good that material might be on its own.
> 
> Is it reasonable to try to make an outline of how you think the chapter
> should go, or would that be premature without more discussion of
> objectives?

I'm wondering if people feel this is an issue with the docs in general
and isn't limited to just the admin stuff?

I know I certainly have trouble finding things... I generally look for
stuff by going to the appropriate page in the SQL syntax section and
seeing what it links too, but of course there's a lot of things that
aren't (and shouldn't be) linked to from there...
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