Gramps Offline User Manual / User Guide / Instructions

More than 90% of the time the laptop I am using is not connected to the internet.

I have installed Gramps successfully but I feel my stress levels elevate when I click on the Help menu then choose Get Help.

Is an offline manual available, so I can learn Gramps offline? I know that the Gramps developers don’t get feedback on what people are looking up when using an offline manual, but I think it would be extremely helpful for people who work offline to have the choice to…learn Gramps offline.

What do you think?

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The last downloadable manual was produced in 2012 for 3.3 version of Gramps. That was when the tools broke that were used to produce such an artifact.

Although not a feature within Gramps or its addons, you might want to note that there are a number of tools which clone a website for offline use.

And you would not need the ENTIRE website with its thousands of pages. There are only a couple dozen pages in the core wiki. A few dozen more if you want the pages for each add-on.

A sufficiently motivated person could probably adapt a caching script from some of the wiki user manual’s version rollover process.

On Windows I know the WinHttpTrack software which can “mirror” a website on your own disk drive and allow it to be read locally as if it were online

You could use it to replicate the Gramps wiki on your computer

Thank you all. I will look into saving the wiki pages as suggested.

emyoulation, that old version 3.3 manual is surprisingly well done. I just took a look at it now. A lot of work went into that. Just excellent.

Hi Guys
I tried httrack (under Linux) 3 times It has failed me every time, despite trying to change settings. I get the main Gramps index page downloaded and then go to click on a link and get a missing page. I also get httrack stop things midwawy, having to resume the website download, and it still fails me.

I either need the correct settings to download things successfully in httrack, or I could just do with the files from someone who has done it already (and maybe zipped them up).

Has anyone tried and done it already? Or if possible, just share how to do it?

If it was quick and easy, someone would have been a downloadable ZIP sometime in the last 10 years. (Since the previous method broke.)

In all that time, no one has volunteered to put in such an effort rather than just use a 'net connection.

There have been some recent conversations about finding a different too to build a PDF from website tool and make that a new download. No progress to report yet.

I need to learn more about the technical side of things. LibreOffice always has offline help available I don’t know about the technical details of what they are using, but I am interested to learn how they do it.

I would love to get something done for offline use but I have only ‘regular user’ knowledge about how it’s done.

After taking a brief look at the Gramps wiki, I gather that in older versions documentation might have been offline from which manuals were generated. At some point documentation was moved to a wiki and it had been possible to generate a PDF from it, but the process no longer works. Can someone confirm all this?

There was a discussion started on the GRAMPS for Genealogists group on Facebook looking for a volunteer to take up the creation of a PDF from the MediaWiki. (The Facebook group exibits little tolerance for code development or even add-on installation. So I hoped we might cultivate some volunteer activity on the documentation side. We found an artist and a translator in the past there.) seemed to be a match for the technical issues related to converting a set of MediaWiki pages. But their company seems to be less & less active.

Our wiki has pages describing:

Manual Generation for Gramps 2.x and older
Manual Generation for Gramps 3.x and newer

and also a page for the last manual generated:

Manual Generation for Gramps 3.3 using Prince

The MediaWiki site has a list of PDF export extensions. We appear to have used the first two approaches in the past. The workflow for 3.3 may actually still work, maybe using Pediapress rather than Prince. Someone would have to try.

Alternatively someone may want to investigate one of the other approaches.

If anyone is interested then let me know. We will probably have to install some MediaWiki extensions.

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An offline manual for 5.1.6 has been generated.