A web-based installation manual management system for open source software

Yukikazu Murakami, Nobuo Funabiki, Hidekazu Tokunaga, Kazuhiro Shigeta, Toru Nakanishi

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Abstract

Recently, Open Source Software (OSS) has become commonly used at many places. Unfortunately, although the use of OSS is often hard for novice users, many OSSes have few good manuals. To solve this problem, we have proposed a method of automatically generating a Web-based installation manual for an OSS by editing the log information recorded during the installation process by a skilled user. However, this method has another problem of requiring several manuals even for the same OSS, because installation commands may be different depending on the installation environment such as Linux distributions and versions. In addition, novice users sometimes make input mistakes during installation process that cannot be detected by themselves. In this paper, we propose a Web-based system to manage the created manuals so that users can easily use them. By incorporating the analogous manual search algorithm after investigating command changes under different environments, our system is able to show similar manuals if no existing manual matches to the search condition. Besides, we propose the installation guidance function to avoid mistakes by users. It monitors the input commands by a user, and displays the correct commands with the error message if a mistake is found. The experimental results in installing OSS packages by novice users confirm the effectiveness our proposal.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNCM 2009 - 5th International Joint Conference on INC, IMS, and IDC
Pages1261-1266
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2009
EventNCM 2009 - 5th International Joint Conference on Int. Conf. on Networked Computing, Int. Conf. on Advanced Information Management and Service, and Int. Conf. on Digital Content, Multimedia Technology and its Applications - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Aug 25 2009Aug 27 2009

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NameNCM 2009 - 5th International Joint Conference on INC, IMS, and IDC

Other

OtherNCM 2009 - 5th International Joint Conference on Int. Conf. on Networked Computing, Int. Conf. on Advanced Information Management and Service, and Int. Conf. on Digital Content, Multimedia Technology and its Applications
CountryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period8/25/098/27/09

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software

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Murakami, Y., Funabiki, N., Tokunaga, H., Shigeta, K., & Nakanishi, T. (2009). A web-based installation manual management system for open source software. In NCM 2009 - 5th International Joint Conference on INC, IMS, and IDC (pp. 1261-1266). [5331500] (NCM 2009 - 5th International Joint Conference on INC, IMS, and IDC). https://doi.org/10.1109/NCM.2009.183