documentation deep-links in motd

Bug #744253 reported by Tim Kuijsten on 2011-03-28
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ubuntu Website - OBSOLETE
Peter Mahnke
base-files (Ubuntu)
Brian Murray

Bug Description

Binary package hint: base-files

Currently the "Documentation" link in the server motd points to the generic server page (not the server documentation page):
" * Documentation:"

I think it would be nicer if this links directly to the official documentation page of the installed distribution. See attached patch for /etc/update-motd.d/10-help-text

Tim Kuijsten (kuijsten) wrote :
tags: added: patch
Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

This seems really worth fixing since the existing link redirects you to some marketing page about Ubuntu Server which is rather silly when you are trying to find documentation about Ubuntu Server.

Changed in base-files (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
status: New → Triaged
Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote : has been setup as a redirect which takes you to a marketing page about Ubuntu Server instead of documentation regarding how to use Ubuntu Server. While we could SRU the patch to take you directly to documentation about your release of Ubuntu that would require a fair amount of work. It'd be better if we could get the redirect fixed on the Ubuntu web site.

Changed in base-files (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Brian Murray (brian-murray)
status: Triaged → In Progress
Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

Attached is debdiff which fixes the link for Oneiric.

Daniel T Chen (crimsun) wrote :

IMO it's worthwhile guarding against the nonexistence of lsb_release before using it.

Jamie Strandboge (jdstrand) wrote :

I agree with Daniel. NAK for now. Unsubscribing ubuntu-sponsors for now. Please update the patch and resubscribe when submitting an updated debdiff.

Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

I know only use lsb_release if it is available.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package base-files - 6.4ubuntu2

base-files (6.4ubuntu2) oneiric; urgency=low

  * update-motd.d/10-help-text: modify server documentation link to be the
    official documentation page of the installed distribution. Thanks to Tim
    Kuijsten for working on this. (LP: #744253)
  * rather than depend on lsb-release test to see if lsb_release is available
    (LP: #575885)
 -- Brian Murray <email address hidden> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 13:29:27 -0700

Changed in base-files (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
Peter Mahnke (peterm-ubuntu) wrote :

the website is not completely different and docs are in the download section... so closing this part of the bug

Changed in ubuntu-website:
assignee: nobody → Peter Mahnke (peterm-ubuntu)
status: New → Won't Fix
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