Opened 7 years ago

Last modified 8 months ago

#502 assigned enhancement

SimFactory user-guide should be available and updated automatically

Reported by: Ian Hinder Owned by: Ian Hinder
Priority: major Milestone:
Component: SimFactory Version:
Keywords: Cc:


SimFactory has an incomplete user guide in the doc/userguide directory. This is developed using Sphinx, which is a Python framework for writing documentation. You need to install sphinx to generate this documentation. This can be done using something similar to the following:

export PYTHONPATH=/home/ianhin/software/python
export PATH=/home/ianhin/software/python/:$PATH
hash -r
easy_install --install-dir ~/software/python sphinx

Then go into the simfactory/doc/userguide directory and type:

make html

to generate HTML documentation (type just "make" to see the other possible targets like PDF etc).

This should be regenerated on any commit to the SimFactory/doc/userguide directory and copied to a web-accessible location for inclusion on

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comment:1 Changed 7 years ago by Ian Hinder

The user guide is now regenerated automatically and copied to

when the documentation source changes in SimFactory. Now we just need this system to be transferred to an official CCT machine and synced to the domain.

comment:2 Changed 7 years ago by Ian Hinder

The user guide is now built on numrel07 triggered by commits to relevant simfactory subdirectories, and the generated files are then automatically committed to the SVN repository so that they appear under This is still handled by a procmail recipe attached to my email account. It would be good for this to be a proper SVN commit hook managed at CCT. The script to update the documentation is attached.

Changed 7 years ago by Ian Hinder

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comment:3 Changed 8 months ago by Frank Löffler

Resolution: wontfix
Status: newclosed

I believe this is now way out of date and now obsolete. If not, please reopen and accept.

comment:4 Changed 8 months ago by Ian Hinder

Resolution: wontfix
Status: closedreopened

There hasn't been any more development on simfactory than on the user guide, so the user guide is about as good as it ever was. The system for updating it has definitely rotted though. With bitbucket pipelines, we can probably generate the user guide automatically within bitbucket. I don't know how to get it onto, but we could probably get it onto and link to it from

I think it would be good to have this available, so I am reopening the ticket.

comment:5 Changed 8 months ago by Ian Hinder

Owner: changed from Frank Löffler to Ian Hinder
Status: reopenedassigned

comment:6 Changed 8 months ago by Ian Hinder

The user guide is now automatically updated on each commit and deployed to

This page could be linked to from I tried to change the link, but I cannot commit to the repository (email sent to Steve and Frank with details).

The bitbucket pipeline is at

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