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       SiSU - Structured information, Serialized Units - a document publishing


       sisu [-mhwpxXv...] [ filename/wildcard ]


       A document publishing system,  that  from  a  simple  single  marked-up
       document,  produces  a  multitude  of  output  formats including: html,
       latex, pdf, info, and sql output, which  can  be  cross  referenced  as
       having  the  same document structure and text object numbering, "object
       citation numbering". Features include itsĀ“ simple syntax; the  semantic
       tagging  of documents; document management; built to be associated with
       a revision control system; text object numbering for the identification
       of  a  texts  location in any of the output formats, easy skinning on a
       site wide, or per document basis; granular search; a degree  of  future
       proofing ... for more see man 1 sisu or <>

       SiSU  is  a  way  of  preparing,  publishing,  managing  and  searching


       Up to date information on SiSU downloads, and their installation should
       be  available  from: <> or
       at: <>

       There  you  should  find  links  to  the  latest  source  tarball,  and
       instructions on how to install SiSU.

       Sample     marked     up     documents    are    are    available    at
       /usr/share/doc/sisu/sisu_markup_samples/dfsg or  equivalent  directory,
       or online, see <>

       man 1 sisu has a syntax table along with processing commands.

       SiSU also provides some help via the command: sisu --help and selecting
       an appropriate subject, e.g.

       sisu --help commands

       sisu --help markup

       sisu --help headers

       sisu --help env

       The rest of this note is on post installation setup

Post Installation Setup - Quick start

       After installation of  sisu-complete,  move  to  the  document  samples

         cd /usr/share/doc/sisu/sisu_markup_samples/dfsg

       [this  is  not  where  you  would  normally  work  but  provides sample
       documents for testing, you may prefer instead to copy the  contents  of
       that directory to a local directory before proceeding]

       and in that directory, initialise the output directory with the command

       sisu -CC

       then run:

       sisu -1 free_as_in_freedom.rms_and_free_software.sam_williams.sst

       or the same:

       sisu                                                       -NhwpoabxXyv

       look  at  output  results, see the "sisu_manifest" page created for the

       for an overview of your current sisu setup, type:

       sisu --help env


       sisu -V

       To generate a document from a remote url accessible location  move to a
       writable  directory,  (create  a  work directory and cd into it) as the
       file will be downloaded there and e.g.

       sisu -1

       sisu                                                                 -3

       examine source document, vim has syntax highlighting support

       gvim free_as_in_freedom.rms_and_free_software.sam_williams.sst

       additional markup samples in <>

       it should also be possible to run sisu against sisupods  (prepared  zip
       files,  created  by  running  the  command sisu -S [filename]), whether
       stored locally or remotely.

       sisu                                                                 -3

       there is a security issue associated with the running of document skins
       that are not your own, so these are turned of by default, and  the  use
       of  the following command, which switches on the associated skin is not

       sisu                             -3                             --trust

       For help man sisu

       sisu --help

       sisu --help env for the way sisu "sees/maps" your system

       sisu --help commands for list of commands and so on

       Document markup directory

       Perhaps  the  easiest  way  to  begin is to create a directory for sisu
       marked up documents within your  home  directory,  and  copy  the  file
       structure  (and  document  samples)  provided  in  the  document sample
       directory: mkdir ~/sisu_test

       cd ~/sisu_test

       cp -a /usr/share/doc/sisu/sisu_markup_samples/dfsg/* ~/sisu_test/.


       Tip:   the   markup   syntax    examples    may    be    of    interest

       Tip:  sisu  -U  [sisu  markup  filename]  should printout the different
       possible outputs and where sisu would place them.

       Tip: if you want to toggle ansi color add c to your flags.


       SiSU configuration file search path is:





       It              is              best              you               see
       <>  for up the most
       up to date information.

       notes taken from the Debian control file (end edited), gives an idea of
       additional  packages  that  SiSU  can  make  use  of if available, (the
       use/requirement of  some  of  which  are  interdependent  for  specific
       actions by SiSU):

       Package: sisu

       Depends: ruby (>= 1.8.2), libwebrick-ruby, unzip, zip

       Conflicts: vim-sisu, sisu-vim, sisu-remote

       Replaces: vim-sisu, sisu-vim

       Recommends:  sisu-pdf,  sisu-sqlite,  sisu-postgresql, librmagick-ruby,
       trang, tidy, librexml-ruby, openssl, rsync, openssh-client  lsh-client,
       keychain,  hyperestraier,  kdissert  Suggests:  rcs   cvs, lv, texinfo,

       Package: sisu-complete

       Depends: ruby (>= 1.8.2), sisu, sisu-pdf, sisu-postgresql, sisu-sqlite

       Recommends: hyperestraier

       Package: sisu-pdf

       Depends:    sisu,    texlive-latex-base,     texlive-fonts-recommended,
       texlive-latex-recommended, texlive-latex-extra

       Suggests: evince, xpdf

       Package: sisu-postgresql

       Depends: sisu, libdbd-pg-ruby, libdbi-ruby, libdbm-ruby, postgresql

       Recommends: libfcgi-ruby

       Package: sisu-sqlite

       Depends: sisu, sqlite, libdbd-sqlite-ruby, libdbi-ruby, libdbm-ruby

       Recommends: libfcgi-ruby

       Package: sisu-markup-samples

       Depends: sisu

Package Description


       Description:  documents  -  structuring, publishing in multiple formats
       and search

       SiSU is a lightweight markup based,  command  line  oriented,  document
       structuring,  publishing and search framework for document collections.

       With minimal preparation of  a  plain-text,  (UTF-8)  file,  using  its
       native  markup  syntax in your text editor of choice, SiSU can generate
       various document formats (most of which share a common object numbering
       system  for  locating content), including plain text, HTML, XHTML, XML,
       OpenDocument text (ODF:ODT), LaTeX, PDF  files,  and  populate  an  SQL
       database  with objects (roughly paragraph-sized chunks) so searches may
       be performed and matches returned with that degree of granularity: your
       search criteria is met by these documents and at these locations within
       each  document.  Object  numbering   is   particularly   suitable   for
       "published"  works  (finalized  texts  as  opposed  to  works  that are
       frequently changed or updated) for which it provides a fixed  means  of
       reference  of  content.  Document outputs also share semantic meta-data

       SiSU also provides concordance files, document content certificates and
       manifests of generated output.

       A  vim  syntax  highlighting  file  and an ftplugin with folds for sisu
       markup is provided, as are syntax highlighting files for kate,  kwrite,
       gedit and diakonos. Vim 7 includes syntax highlighting for SiSU.

       man pages, and interactive help are provided.

       Dependencies  for  various  features  are taken care of in sisu related
       packages.  The package sisu-complete installs the whole of SiSU.

       Additional  document  markup  samples  are  provided  in  the   package
       sisu-markup-samples which is found in the non-free archive the licenses
       for the substantive content of the marked up documents provided is that
       provided by the author or original publisher.

       Homepage: <>


       sisu resource configuration information is obtained from sources (where
       they exist):
       /etc/sisu/[sisu version]/sisurc.yaml
       sisu program defaults


       default document appearance may be modified using  skins  contained  in
       sub-directories located at the following paths:

       more   specifically,   the  following  locations  (or  their  /etc/sisu
       equivalent) should be used:

       ~/.sisu/skin/doc skins for individual documents;

       ~/.sisu/skin/dir skins for directories of matching names;

       ~/.sisu/skin/site site-wide skin modifying the site-wide appearance  of

       Usually  all  skin  files  are  placed  in the document skin directory:
       ~/.sisu/skin/doc with softlinks being made to the skins contained there
       from other skin directories as required.


       For more information on SiSU see: <>

       or man sisu


       Ralph Amissah <> or <>


       sisu(1),  sisu_examples(1), sisu_webrick(1), sisu_pdf(1) sisu_sqlite(1)
       sisu_postgresql(1) sisu_termsheet(1),