Kea 2.6.0
Building Kea Documentation

There are several types of documentation for Kea.

The primary one, intended to be read by users, is User's Guide. It comes in HTML, PDF and txt format. All of them generated from the same sources. To generate this doc, you need to run configure script with –enable-generate-docs option. sphinx has to be enabled in the system. You can generate this by doing:

$ ./configure --enable-generate-docs
$ make -C ./doc

The output files will be generated in the ./doc/sphinx/_build directory.

The ARM has an appendix that lists all Kea commands. The commands are integrated into RST using the tool located at doc/sphinx/ The basic principle is that for every command there is a JSON file that briefly describes the major aspects such as name, short description, expected syntax, expected response, a hook that needs to be loaded, first Kea version where it appeared, etc. Those JSON files are loaded by the tool that will generate api.txt that will be used by sphinx. There is no need to call this tool explicitly. It is called automatically when building the ARM.

Since Kea 1.9.9, the ARM has an appendix with the grammar. If there were new parameters added, you can regenerate the grammars and the appendix with the following procedure:

$ autoreconf -i
$ ./configure --enable-generate-docs --enable-generate-parser
$ cd doc
$ make grammar
$ make -C sphinx html

After that, inspect the html output and make sure it's ok, review changes in doc/sphinx/grammar/ and then check in those that are something more than a date update. The date is there, so we (and users) can determine if the grammar is or isn't out of date.

Documenting new command

There are several steps needed to document a new API command:

  1. Configure sources with ./configure –enable-generate-docs
  1. Copy src/share/api/_template.json to appropriate name.
  2. Remove comments from it and fill in the actual content.
  3. Update file in src/share/api/
  4. make html will generate multi-page html.
  5. make singlehtml will generate a single page html.

A word of caution regaring editing JSON files. The files themselves need to be valid JSON files. They also often contain fields, such as command syntax or command response, there are themselves a JSON or JSON like structures. That means that some trickery with escaping double quotes will be involved. Note there is no need to escape any other character, unless you want to specify non-printable characters.

Also, while Kea's JSON parser supports comments and multi-line string, they are not part of JSON standard. That means that external tools, such as python or Sphinx parsers are not able to deal with them. Therefore comments must be removed and long strings (such as command descriptions or example invocations) are to be presented as a list of strings ( e.g. [ "line1", "line2, "line3" ]).

Generating Developer's Guide

Generating Developer's Guide is very simple, although you need to have doxygen installed in your system. If you also have graphviz installed, it will generate nice diagrams. To generate developer's guide, do the following commands:

$ ./configure
$ cd doc/devel
$ make devel