Project guide setup

Project guide setup

OpenStack projects should follow the guidelines in this chapter for setting up their documentation structure to make it easy to find their documents and have consistency between OpenStack projects.

To make it easy to include links from the landing pages on, we need to ensure a minimum level of consistency in the organization of the docs directory. The sections are based on high-level groupings that have evolved over the last years.

Within each top-level directory, project teams are free to organize their content however seems most appropriate to them.

This is the proposed layout for phase 1 (pike):

  • doc/source/
    • install/ – anything having to do with installation of the project.
    • contributor/ – anything related to contributing to the project or how the team is managed. This applies to some of the previous content under /developer, the name is changed to emphasize that not all contributors are developers and sometimes developers are users but not contributors. Service projects should place their automatically generated class documentation under this part of the tree, for example in contributor/api or contributor/internals.
    • configuration/ – automatically generated configuration reference information based on oslo.config’s sphinx integration (or manually written for projects not using oslo.config). Step-by-step guides for doing things like enabling cells or configuring a specific driver should be placed in the admin/ section.
    • cli/ – command line tool reference docs, similar to man pages. These may be automatically generated with cliff’s sphinx integration, or manually written when auto-generation is not possible. Tutorials or other step-by-step guides using these tools should go in either the user/ or admin/ sections, depending on their audience. Because the documentation for each project should live in the repository with the code, this directory may not be present for all service repositories but will be present for most of the client library repositories.
    • admin/ – any content from the old admin guide or anything else that discusses how to run or operate the software. This includes updating from one release to a newer version.
    • user/ – end-user content such as concept guides, advice, tutorials, step-by-step instructions for using the CLI to perform specific tasks, etc.
    • reference/ – any reference information associated with a project that is not covered by one of the above categories. Library projects should place their automatically generated class documentation here.

This layout is the minimum set. Projects are free and encouraged to add whatever other docs they need beyond this list, but these items are listed here explicitly because there are already links to most of them from landing pages, and landing pages can be created for the others.

During a later phase, we will merge the API reference and release notes builds into the same job, along with the rest of the documentation for a project. Both of those builds have custom considerations, though, and it is more important to move the content that is no longer going to be maintained by the documentation team.

  • doc/source/
    • api/ – the REST API reference and guide content, when it exists.
    • releasenotes/ – reno directions (the actual release notes inputs will stay in /releasenotes/notes, where they are now).


Further discussion of the layout of the api/ and releasenotes/ directories is deferred until we are further along with the initial migration work. If you create content, feel free to use these directories already as specified above.

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