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Re: postgresql book - practical or something newer?

From: Peter Wilson <petew(at)yellowhawk(dot)co(dot)uk>
To: "Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
Cc: Tom Hart <tomhart(at)coopfed(dot)org>, Postgres General List <pgsql-general(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: postgresql book - practical or something newer?
Date: 2008-01-30 12:45:01
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Joshua D. Drake wrote:
> Tom Hart <tomhart(at)coopfed(dot)org> wrote:
> I find that the best way to get what you need, is to read the fine
> manual from postgresql. Yes, its massive, unwieldy and in a lot of
> ways counter-intuitive (to a newbie) but if you have the terminology
> down you aren't going to find a more comprehensive text.
I find the manual answers just about everything I've needed to answer. 
Personally though I find
the on-line version somewhat slow/cumbersome to find what I'm looking for.

Using Windows as my desktop machine (servers running Linux) I found the 
most accessible form
of the manual was that distributed with pgAdminIII. Until recently they 
shipped a fully
searchable Windows Help version of the latest manual which was fantastic.

Unfortunately pgAdmin has now removed that section of the manual and 
simply links to the
Postgres web-site. I can understand it was some work to put it in each 
time - but it was
very useful. So much so when I get a chance I intend to find an older 
copy of pgAdmin and
install just the manual from it.

Has anyone else generated a Windows Help version of the manual?

Is there a source version of the files used to generate it (pgAdmin 
people?)? I'd be interested in
the amount of work needed to create the file - if not excessive I might 
volunteer to get it done
again if people other than me might find it useful.

> Plus, when you find things that don't quite make sense you can submit
> a doc patch to make the docs that much better.
> Sincerely,
> Joshua D. Drake
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