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Edit the documentation files that require changes. If a file needs major changes, consult the mailing list for input.
Review the output and edit the file to fix any problems shown, then rerun the command to find any remaining problems. Repeat until all of the errors are resolved.
_Always_ build-test changes before submitting them. Running `make` in the top-level directory of the documentation will generate that documentation in HTML format.
make
When changes are complete and tested, generate a "diff file":
% cd ~/doc
% git diff > bsdinstall.diff.txt
Give the diff file a descriptive name. In the example above, changes have been made to the [.filename]#bsdinstall# portion of the Handbook.
Submit the diff file using the web-based https://bugs.FreeBSD.org/bugzilla/enter_bug.cgi?product=Documentation[Problem Report] system. If using the web form, enter a Summary of _[patch] short description of problem_. Select the Component `Documentation`. In the Description field, enter a short description of the changes and any important details about them. Use the btn:[Add an attachment] button to attach the diff file. Finally, use the btn:[Submit Bug] button to submit your diff to the problem report system.
The FreeBSD Documentation Set
The FDP is responsible for four categories of FreeBSD documentation.
_Handbook_: The Handbook is the comprehensive online resource and reference for FreeBSD users.
_FAQ_: The FAQ uses a short question and answer format to address questions that are frequently asked on the various mailing lists and forums devoted to FreeBSD. This format does not permit long and comprehensive answers.
_Manual pages_: The English language system manual pages are usually not written by the FDP, as they are part of the base system. However, the FDP can reword parts of existing manual pages to make them clearer or to correct inaccuracies.
_Web site_: This is the main FreeBSD presence on the web, visible at https://www.freebsd.org/[https://www.FreeBSD.org/] and many mirrors around the world. The web site is typically a new user's first exposure to FreeBSD.
Translation teams are responsible for translating the Handbook and web site into different languages. Manual pages are not translated at present.
Documentation source for the FreeBSD web site, Handbook, and FAQ is available in the documentation repository at `https://cgit.freebsd.org/doc/`.
Source for manual pages is available in a separate source repository located at `https://cgit.freebsd.org/src/`.
Documentation commit messages are visible with `git log`. Commit messages are also archived at link:{git-doc-all}.
Web frontends to both of these repositories are available at https://cgit.freebsd.org/doc/[] and https://cgit.freebsd.org/src/[].
Many people have written tutorials or how-to articles about FreeBSD. Some are stored as part of the FDP files. In other cases, the author has decided to keep the documentation separate. The FDP endeavors to provide links to as much of this external documentation as possible.