The first step was reading section 4 "Writing and submitting a HOWTO" of the HOWTO Index by Tim Bynum.
I knew absolutely nothing about SGML or LaTeX, but was tempted to use an automated documentation generation package after reading the various comments about SGML-Tools. However, inserting tags manually in a document reminds me of the days I hand-assembled a 512 byte monitor program for a now defunct 8-bit microprocessor, so I got hold of the LyX sources, compiled it, and used its LinuxDoc mode. Highly recommended combination: LyX and SGML-Tools.
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Suggestions, corrections, additions wanted. Contributors wanted and acknowledged. Flames not wanted.
I can always be reached at email@example.com.
David Niemi, the author of the Unixbench suite, has proved to be an endless source of information and (valid) criticism.
I also want to thank Greg Hankins one of the main contributors to the SGML-tools package, Linus Torvalds and the entire Linux community. This HOWTO is my way of giving back.
Your mileage may, and will, vary. Be aware that benchmarking is a touchy subject and a great time-and-energy consuming activity.
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