Exporting Usage Manual

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One of the issues people raised with moving the non-block/function/class specific documentation from Doxygen to this wiki is that people won't have a local copy of the Usage Manual anymore. To solve this I put together a little script that exports a list of pages on this wiki to the raw source which looks almost exactly the same as the doxygen source. This script just has to be run a few times a year and then the resulting files committed to gnuradio git (the location of these files within the git repo has yet to be determined).

To use this script, you will have to download geckodriver and change the line that points to where it is located. After running it there should be a new directory called "Usage Manual" created in whatever directory you ran the script from, containing a bunch of text files.

  1. Download latest version of geckodriver from here and extract it to a known location, then modify the line "driver = webdriver.Firefox(..." below (I've had the best luck with v0.21)
  2. sudo pip install selenium HTMLParser
  3. Make sure the two versions match, see this table

Note that this script now also exports the Blocks Docs pages

   from selenium import webdriver
   from selenium.webdriver.common.keys import Keys
   import time
   import HTMLParser 
   import os
   categories = ['Usage Manual', 'Block Docs'] # Categories which to export, should match the names in wiki
   directory_names = ['Usage Manual', 'Block Docs'] # names of directories that are created for each category, and prefix to file names
   # set up web driver
   driver = webdriver.Firefox(executable_path='/home/marc/Downloads/geckodriver')
   for i in range(len(categories)):
       # make directory if it doesn't exist
       if not os.path.exists(directory_names[i]): # will be in the same location as this script
       # Go to the wiki's export page
       # fill in text box
       text_area = driver.find_element_by_xpath("//*[@name='catname']")
       # Hit Add button
       submit_button = driver.find_element_by_xpath("//*[@value='Add']")
       # uncheck "save as file" box
       check_box = driver.find_element_by_xpath("//*[@name='wpDownload']")
       # hit Export
       submit_button = driver.find_element_by_xpath("//*[@value='Export']")
       # get HTML of new page
       raw_html = driver.page_source
       start_index = raw_html.find('<page>')
       cropped_html = raw_html[start_index:]
       while True:
           indx1 = cropped_html.find('<title>')
           indx2 = cropped_html.find('</title>')
           # check if we are done
           if (indx2 - indx1) == 0: # happens when it doesnt find a <title>
           title = cropped_html[indx1 + 7 : indx2]
           indx3 = cropped_html.find('[[Category:' + categories[i] + ']]') # using this instead of <text> because <text> has different numbers each time
           indx4 = cropped_html.find('</text>')
           body = cropped_html[indx3 + len(categories[i]) + 13 : indx4] # 
           # save body to file
           h = HTMLParser.HTMLParser()
           body_text = h.unescape(body) # makes it so stuff like &gt shows up as a greater than sign
           file_name = directory_names[i] + "- " + title + ".txt"
           text_file = open(directory_names[i] + '/' + file_name, "w")
           text_file.write('===' + title + '===\n')
           # remove the page we just saved
           cropped_html = cropped_html[indx2 + 8:] # doesnt really matter how much you add here, just needs to move on to the next <title>
   driver.quit() # closes window