J.3. Building the Documentation
Once you have everything set up, change to the directory
doc/src/sgml and run one of the commands
described in the following subsections to build the
documentation. (Remember to use GNU make.)
To build the HTML version of the documentation:
This is also the default target. The output appears in the
To produce HTML documentation with the stylesheet used on postgresql.org instead of the default simple style use:
make STYLE=website html
We use the DocBook XSL stylesheets to
refentry pages to *roff output suitable for man
pages. To create the man pages, use the command:
To produce a PDF rendition of the documentation using FOP, you can use one of the following commands, depending on the preferred paper format:
For A4 format:
For U.S. letter format:
Because the PostgreSQL documentation is fairly
big, FOP will require a significant amount of
memory. Because of that, on some systems, the build will fail with a
memory-related error message. This can usually be fixed by configuring
Java heap settings in the configuration
~/.foprc, for example:
# FOP binary distribution FOP_OPTS='-Xmx1500m' # Debian JAVA_ARGS='-Xmx1500m' # Red Hat ADDITIONAL_FLAGS='-Xmx1500m'
There is a minimum amount of memory that is required, and to some extent more memory appears to make things a bit faster. On systems with very little memory (less than 1 GB), the build will either be very slow due to swapping or will not work at all.
Other XSL-FO processors can also be used manually, but the automated build process only supports FOP.
J.3.4. Plain Text Files
The installation instructions are also distributed as plain text,
in case they are needed in a situation where better reading tools
are not available. The
corresponds to Chapter 16, with some minor
changes to account for the different context. To recreate the
file, change to the directory
make INSTALL. Building text output
requires Pandoc version 1.13 or newer as an
additional build tool.
In the past, the release notes and regression testing instructions were also distributed as plain text, but this practice has been discontinued.
J.3.5. Syntax Check
Building the documentation can take very long. But there is a method to just check the correct syntax of the documentation files, which only takes a few seconds: