Building Ceph Documentation

Ceph utilizes Python’s Sphinx documentation tool. For details on the Sphinx documentation tool, refer to The Sphinx Documentation Tool.

To build the Ceph documentation set, you must:

  1. Clone the Ceph repository
  2. Install the required tools
  3. Build the documents

Clone the Ceph Repository

To clone the Ceph repository, you must have git installed on your local host. To install git, execute:

sudo apt-get install git

To clone the Ceph repository, execute:

git clone git://

You should have a full copy of the Ceph repository.

Install the Required Tools

To build the Ceph documentation, some dependencies are required. To know what packages are needed, you can launch this command:

cd ceph

If dependencies are missing, the command above will fail with a message that suggests you a command to install all missing dependencies.

Build the Documents

Once you have installed all the dependencies, execute the build (the same command as above):

cd ceph

Once you build the documentation set, you may navigate to the source directory to view it:

cd build-doc/output

There should be an html directory and a man directory containing documentation in HTML and manpage formats respectively.