Some Assistance Please

Adrien Monteleone adrien.monteleone at
Tue May 23 21:50:23 EDT 2017

> On May 23, 2017, at 3:22 PM, Derek Atkins <derek at> wrote:
> Hi,
> On Tue, May 23, 2017 1:11 pm, doncram wrote:
>> Wow the process to change documentation (at
>> ) seems
>> pretty complicated, even impossible for Windows users.
> What's so complicated about a git checkout and using the appropriate
> DocBook tools to edit the DocBook sources of the manual?
>>  I would hope it
>> should be possible to have a full working version of the Tutorial and
>> Concepts Guide that is open for edits/improvement by users informed about
>> accounting and trying to make the Guide more useful for basic users, in a
>> wiki document (where changes can be seen and there can be discussion at
>> Talk pages).
> There's no good way to translate from Wiki to PDF.  There was a conscious
> decsion a while ago that we wanted offline help, which meant a non-wiki
> form.

I’m certainly no expert on the matter and I have no beef with the GIT process for documentation, but that seems odd at first glance since wikis are markdown inside HTML which is a subset of XML which the doc procedures turn into PDF. Or did I misunderstand something?

>>   Then periodically when the Wiki editors get consensus that a
>> new version is ready, just one programmer type person with Linux could go
>> through those complicated steps to get it published.  Allow different
>> parties to specialize in how they contribute.  I for one would like to
>> contribute in improving the Concepts guide text.
> The publication side is fine, and we do already go through that.  As for
> people reading/editing -- github pull requests provide that.
> [snip]
>> Currently I am trying to log into the Wiki but keep getting error message:
>> There seems to be a problem with your login session; this action has been
>> canceled as a precaution against session hijacking. Go back to the
>> previous
>> page, reload that page and then try again.
> I think you need to clear your cache/cookies and try again.  Not sure what
> happened here.
>> Recent changes shows that Jrall opened an account for me, which I reported
>> did not allow me to edit, because I need to get some user group rights
>> added, and I don't yet know if I was able to log in again whether I would
>> be able to edit yet.
> This is correct; you have not validated your email.  At least according to
> the database, you are not "email authenticated" which is a requirement to
> edit the wiki.  I do not know why it says "email_authenticated" is NULL
> for both you and Buddha.  Did you actually confirm your email?  Can you
> try confirming it again?
> The previous users in the list appear to have done so -- but it also
> appears there are a number of users who have not.
> This COULD be a bug in the ConfirmAccount plugin where it does not
> properly translate the email authentication across.  Or it could be a bad
> interaction between CA and the built-in email confirmation.
> So can you confirm you confirmed your email?  Can you try confirming
> again?  Let me know if/when you attempt this.  Better yet, can you come
> onto IRC during 9a-5p EDT and we can work on trying to track down the
> issue.
> Yes, I could just go into the database and fix it manually (which I'll
> gladly do as a last resort), but I'd rather get down to the bottom of the
> actual issue.
> Thanks,
> -derek
> -- 
>       Derek Atkins                 617-623-3745
>       derek at   
>       Computer and Internet Security Consultant
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