Two New Guides for Builders

Over the past couple of weeks, we, the SUSE documentation team, have been working on refreshing and restructuring the OBS documentation a bit. The goal (as it always is) was to make it easier for you, the users, to find the right information faster.

You may know that the OBS documentation previously consisted of:

  • Administrator Guide
  • Best Practices
  • Reference Guide

In preparing our work, we noticed that in particular the Reference Guide had too broad a focus, as it was addressing both users and administrators. We also noticed that there was no dedicated guide for people just starting out on OBS.

As part of working toward our goal of making information more findable, we have added two guides:

  • Beginner’s Guide: If you are new to OBS, this guide will help you set up the local requirements and get into the flow of creating a package and making a submission. To make it easy to try the examples from the guide on your own, it is accompanied by repositories on GitHub and OBS:
  • User Guide: For more advanced users, we started the User Guide. In time, this guide will include detailed information on packaging, submission, and building products on OBS. As yet, it is far from finished, however. In the first step, we moved many topics out of the Reference Guide* and into the User Guide.

Our plan is to split up the Reference Guide into admin and user topics and then merge those topics into the respective guide. The end goal is to only keep the Administrator Guide and a User Guide, and have both squarely focused on their target audience.

We’ve also been working on clarifying the terminology that surrounds OBS. The result is an expanded and improved Glossary (part of the Reference Guide).

Lastly, we made a variety of stylistic and spelling fixes and had a field day converting the guide from the DocBook 4 format to the more modern DocBook 5.

We certainly hope you like the changes we made so far. We would be happy to see you pitch in with feedback and contributions. In particular, rounding out the new User Guide is still a good bit work.

From the documentation team, large contributions for this project came from @tomschr, with @sknorr contributing reviews and cosmetics fixes. Initial guidance and technical reviews came from @adrianschroeter.

As always, the guides can be found at The source of the guides can be found on GitHub.