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Re: pgAdmin Documentation

From: Dave Page <dpage(at)postgresql(dot)org>
To: Magnus Hagander <magnus(at)hagander(dot)net>
Cc: pgadmin-hackers <pgadmin-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: pgAdmin Documentation
Date: 2007-05-16 12:54:47
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Magnus Hagander wrote:
> I think 2 is good, provided that the windows installer (or RPM packages
> or whatever is used on Mac) can be configured to pick up something by
> default. So that I don't have to figure out where my pg docs are if I just
> installed the bundle.

OK, here's what I'm thinking.

1) Add configuration options for pgAdmin, PostgreSQL, EnterpriseDB and 
Slony helpfiles.

2) At startup, if any of those options are empty, search a set of local 
directories for the helpfiles:

   - On Windows only, look for CHM files first;
     - $INSTDIR/Docs/$LANG/pgadmin3.chm (and postgresql.chm etc)
     - $INSTDIR/Docs/en_US/pgadmin3.chm
     - $INSTDIR/Docs/pgadmin3.chm
     - $INSTDIR/pgadmin3.chm

     In addition, we look for postgresql.chm  & slony.chm in the 
appropriate directory relative to the pg_dump directory, likewise the 
equivalent for enterprisedb.chm.

   - On other platforms (and Windows if we haven't got this far), we 
look for postgresql.hhp in the appropriate directory relative to the 
pg_dump directory, likewise the equivalent for enterprisedb.hhp.

   - For those paths we still haven't satisfied, we look in the same 
places as per the previous step for index.html files.

   - Finally, we fall back to websites -, and so on.

3) When the user views a helpfile, if it's a Slony or pgAdmin page, just 
use the appropriate path, if it's a DBMS page, use the PostgreSQL or 
EnterpriseDB path as appropriate;

   - if it's a CHM file, we launch MS HTML Help viewer using 
   - else if it's an hhp file, we launch the wx viewer using 
   - else we launch the default web browser and pass it the html file, 
or URL to open.

How does that sound?

> We do get questions about pginstaller why we always include pgadmin docs,
> which would also be solved as a side-effect of this :-)


> Does this affect searching in help in a bad way?

Shouldn't do. For CHM or HHP it'll be as it is now. For HTML there willl 
be no search, for web, there's the search engine on the site used 
(assuming there is one).

Regards, Dave.

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