This is the official documentation for the CakePHP project. It is available online in HTML, PDF and EPUB formats at http://book.cakephp.org.
You can read all of the documentation within as its just in plain text files, marked up with ReST text formatting. To build the documentation you'll need the following:
- Sphinx 1.2.* (currently the make commands will not work with 1.3.* versions and up)
- PhpDomain for sphinx
You can install sphinx using:
You can install the phpdomain using:
To run the easy_install command, the setuptools package must be previously installed.
Building the Documentation
After installing the required packages, you can build the documentation using
# Create all the HTML docs. Including all the languages. make html # Create just the English HTML docs. make html-en # Create all the EPUB (e-book) docs. make epub # Create just the English EPUB docs. make epub-en # Populate the search index make populate-index
This will generate all the documentation in an HTML form. Other output such as 'htmlhelp' are not fully complete at this time.
After making changes to the documentation, you can build the HTML version of the docs by using
make html again. This will build only the HTML files that have had changes made to them.
Building the PDF
Building the PDF is a non-trivial task.
- Install LaTeX - This varies by distribution/OS so refer to your package manager. You should install the full LaTeX package. The basic one requires many additional packages to be installed with
At this point the completed PDF should be in build/latex/en/CakePHPCookbook.pdf.
Contributing to the documentation is pretty simple. Please read the documentation on contributing to the documentation over on the cookbook for help.
There are currently a number of outstanding issues that need to be addressed. We've tried to flag these with
.. todo:: where possible. To see all the outstanding todo's add the following to your
todo_include_todos = True
After rebuilding the HTML content, you should see a list of existing todo items at the bottom of the table of contents.
You are also welcome to make and suggestions for new content as commits in a GitHub fork. Please make any totally new sections in a separate branch. This makes changes far easier to integrate later on.
Contributing translations requires that you make a new directory using the two letter name for your language. As content is translated, directories mirroring the english content should be created with localized content.
Generating Meta Tags
If you are providing translations and want to automatically generate meta tags for the resulting HTML files, a MetatagShell is provided in
scripts folder of this repo. In order to use it, copy it into any CakePHP 2.0 empty application inside
Console/cake metatag and follow the instructions.
The script will process all the files under one of the translation folders and generate the possible description terms using an external API, it is a good idea to go over the generated terms and clean-up whatever noise it might have generated.
Making Search Work Locally
- Install elasticsearch. This varies based on your platform, but most package managers have a package for it.
- Clone the docs_search into a web accessible directory.
themes/cakephp/static/app.jsto point at the baseurl for your docs_search clone.
- Start elasticsearch with the default configuration.
- Populate the search index using
- You should now be able to search the docs using elasticsearch.