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Welcome to the Assistance reading room where Wikibookians help each other solve problems encountered while contributing to books or otherwise taking part in the Wikibooks community.

Wikiversity or Wikibooks?[edit]

Recently (Aug 2016) I've been developing an article on the issue of file descriptor leaking (it's a Unix/Linux programming thing). It's written less like a book, but more like a study note intended for people in confusion. So I guess it should go to Wikiversity right? Dannyniu (discusscontribs) 14:49, 26 August 2016 (UTC)

If it's an original work like a thesis, it's undoubtedly for the Wikiversity. Otherwise, I would say that it depends on if you could integrate your material in an existing book or course. But the Wikiversity recommends to present it to be teachable: one hour per page. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 17:29, 26 August 2016 (UTC)

Strange Pretty Pages[edit]

Hi again!

My work page suddenly changed to one in another style the other day. The page addresses are characterized by an extra .m in the name. For example, the pages start with instead of just

I must have missed all the info on it. Can anybody please steer me to it?

Armchair (discusscontribs) 10:06, 27 August 2016 (UTC)

@Armchair: That would be the mobile version of the site you're seeing. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 11:59, 27 August 2016 (UTC)

Page Breaks for Print Version[edit]


Can anybody please tell me; is it possible to add page breaks to a print version?

Armchair (discusscontribs) 10:16, 27 August 2016 (UTC)

@Armchair: there are {{Page-break}} and {{-}}. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 14:43, 27 August 2016 (UTC)

PDF and ODT download[edit]

I am trying to download the Blender 3D: Noob to Pro book. Most times clicking the PDF download link brings an immediate message that rendering failed, occasionally the process of creating the book seems to work up to about 90%, then I get the message 'Generation of the document file has failed. Status: Rendering process died with non zero code: 1.'

Using the other option, which should be ODT format I get a txt file, this of course has no images in it though it does give me all the text to download.

Either I am doing something wrong or the system it not working as expected, any advice would be appriciated.Weedreak (discusscontribs) 09:24, 29 August 2016 (UTC)

@Weedreak: I'm encountering the same error with my Firefox 47. The source page Wikibooks:Collections/Blender 3D: Noob to Pro is still present but it might have overflowed the books generator.
Anyway, I propose to use the plan B: Blender_3D:_Noob_to_Pro/Beginner_Tutorials/Print_version. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 13:07, 29 August 2016 (UTC)
Many thanks for the file, I had tried to d/l a print version but only ever got one page. At least I can read and annotate improvements and additions next month when I will have very little online possabilities. If I knew more about the site operations I could update the d/l instructions but for now I will leave that for someone who knows the system.Weedreak (discusscontribs) 07:26, 30 August 2016 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done This link displays the "annotable" page which can be printed to PDF (eg: with PDFcreator) with 208 pages. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 08:02, 30 August 2016 (UTC)

How to search the current book?[edit]

How do you search a book? Not all books, just the current book. The search box at the top searches every single wikibook, which isn't the solution you want, if you're in a middle of a particular book and want to look for something else in that book? Cormullion (discusscontribs) 14:38, 17 September 2016 (UTC)

@Cormullion: Like this:
Let me know if you need more help. —Justin (koavf)TCM 19:43, 17 September 2016 (UTC)
Edit Ugh. Take a look at the formatting in the source of this page to see it made a little prettier. —Justin (koavf)TCM 19:44, 17 September 2016 (UTC)
Tried using <pre> instead of <nowiki>. ---Pi zero (discusscontribs) 21:07, 17 September 2016 (UTC)
Thanks! That works great. Cormullion (discusscontribs) 22:18, 17 September 2016 (UTC)
@Cormullion: Somehow, I had forgotten Template:Book search, which does the same thing and which I have inserted on Social Statistics... —Justin (koavf)TCM 22:54, 17 September 2016 (UTC)
thanks, much easier! Cheers Cormullion (discusscontribs) 08:05, 18 September 2016 (UTC)