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How are typical users expected to read the documentation in /usr/share/doc?

A way to search and view those docs using web browser is by Installing "dwww" but this needs apache2.2 to run in the back all the time.(It was creating port conflicts and I could not use XAMPP server without removing it.)

Is there any second alternative to view and search these ?

Can I just delete the whole "doc" folder ? Either I want to use them or delete.

  • @bodhu: I told here I have used Dwww. It is the best way to view Docs. It comes with "Synaptic Package Manager" as an addon. I want a workaround to dwww or a similar alternative. I dont want to use command line. If I wanted to use commad line then I would go for opening /usr/share/doc and read individual files by opening them with Mousepad. May 2, 2012 at 6:13

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You can run Apache (either the one from XAMPP or from Ubuntu) on a different port, this is an easy config change.

Info on Listen directive

On my machine, the file which contains the directive is /etc/apache2/ports.conf. Just edit it using

gksudo gedit /etc/apache2/ports.conf

change port to, say, 88:

NameVirtualHost *:88
Listen 88

and restart Apache:

sudo service apache2 restart

Then you can access it at http://localhost:88/

Or you can use Ubuntu's Apache and other packages instead of XAMPP - I never understood the need for it on a Linux system anyway.

  • @ Sergey: Can u tell me how I can change those configs ? It is very hard for a novice like me to dig around config files and setting them with my exact need. May 2, 2012 at 6:15
  • It may be difficult to do any web-development without digging in Apache config files :) I've updated the answer.
    – Sergey
    May 2, 2012 at 6:23
  • @ Sergey: Thanks. Yes you are right. I need to learn about how to work with those config files. May 2, 2012 at 6:45
  • localhost:88 It says resource not available ?! May 2, 2012 at 6:56
  • Changing port of apache to 88 makes dwww stop working. Is there any other workaround ? May 10, 2012 at 12:17

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