The purpose of documentation is to make Postgres easier to learn, use, and extend.. The documentation set should describe the Postgres system, language, and interfaces. It should be able to answer common questions and to allow a user to find those answers on his own without resorting to mailing list support.
Postgres has four primary documentation formats:
Plain text for pre-installation information.
HTML, for on-line browsing and reference.
Hardcopy (Postscript or PDF), for in-depth reading and reference.
man pages, for quick reference.
Table DG2-1. Postgres Documentation Products
|./INSTALL||Installation instructions (text from sgml->rtf->text)|
|./register.txt||Registration message during make|
|./doc/bug.template||Bug report template|
|./doc/postgres.tar.gz||Integrated docs (HTML)|
|./doc/programmer.ps.gz||Programmer's Guide (Postscript)|
|./doc/programmer.tar.gz||Programmer's Guide (HTML)|
|./doc/reference.ps.gz||Reference Manual (Postscript)|
|./doc/reference.tar.gz||Reference Manual (HTML)|
|./doc/user.ps.gz||User's Guide (Postscript)|
|./doc/user.tar.gz||User's Guide (HTML)|
There are man pages available, as well as a large number of plain-text README-type files throughout the Postgres source tree.
If you see anything in the documentation that is not correct, does not match your experience with the particular feature or requires further clarification, please use this form to report a documentation issue.