About these docs

These docs are literally my digitized master studies and Aalto University. I make notes about courses I take. Much content is brought from somewhere else such as blogs, Stackoverflow, Wikipedia and etc. I try to be strict with citation as much as possible. You may fork it or do whatever you may want to do.

The structure of this docs is forked from Aalto University CS-IT documentation page, http://scicomp.aalto.fi. I work there.


This documentation is Open Source (CC-BY 4.0), and we welcome contributions from the Aalto community. The project is run on Github (https://github.com/AaltoScienceIT/triton-docs).

To contribute, you can always use the normal Github contribution mechanims: make a pull request or comments. If you are at Aalto, you can also get direct write access. Make a github issue, then contact us in person/by email for us to confirm.

The worst contribution is one that isn’t made. Don’t worry about making things perfect: since this is in version control, we track all changes and will just fix anything that’s not perfect. This is also true for formatting errors - if you can’t do ReStructudedText perfectly, just do your best (and pretend it’s markdown because all the basics are similar).

Contributing gives consent to use content under the licenses (CC-BY 4.0 or CC0 for examples).

Requirements and building

The only software needed is Sphinx: Debian package python-sphinx, : PyPI: python-sphinx. It is already installed on Aalto workstations.

To build the docs, run make html.

HTML output is in _build/html/index.html, and other output formats are available as well.


Look at examples and copy. To add sections, add a new page in a subfolder. Link it from the main Table of Contents (toctree) in index.rst to have the document appear and be cross-referenced.

You can see a complete example from UiT: source and compiled HTML.

ReStructured text

ReStructured Text is similar to markdown for basics, but has a more strictly defined syntax and more higher level structure. This allows more semantic markup, more power to compile into different formats (since there isn’t embedded HTML), and advanced things like indexing, permanent references, etc.

Restructured text home and quick reference.

Note: Literal inline text uses `` instead of a single ` (second works but gives warning).

A very quick guide is below.

Header style:







Inline code/monospace, emphasis, strong emphasis

``Inline code/monospace``, *emphasis*, **strong emphasis**

Block quote
Block quote

  Block quote
  Block quote

Block quotes can also start with paragraph ending in double colon, like this:

Block quote
Block quotes can also start with paragraph ending in double colon,
like this::

    Block quote

Inline link, or anonymous, or separate, or different text links. Trailing underscores indicate links.

Inline `link <http://python.org>`_, or
anonymous__, or
separate_, or
`different text <separate_>`_ links.
Trailing underscores indicate links.

__ http://python.org

.. _separate: http://python.org

Linking to the web. If possible use a permanent reference (next section), but you can also refer to specific files by name. Note, that for internal links there are no trailing underscores:

:doc:`../tut/interactive.rst`  (recommended)
`../tut/interactive.rst`       (short, no warning if link breaks)

With different text:
:doc:`Text <../tut/interactive.rst>`  (recommended)
`Text <../tut/interactive.rst>`       (short, no warning if link breaks)

Internal links. Permanent references across files

Label things this way (note only one colon):

.. _label-name:

Reference them this way:

:ref:`label-name`     (recommended)
`label-name`          (short, no warning if link breaks)
`Text <label-name>`   (short, no warning if link breaks)

Admonitions: attention, caution, danger, error, hint, important, note, tip, warning, etc.


This is a note


This is a warning

See also

This is a simple seealso note.

.. note::

  This is a note

.. warning::

  This is a warning

.. seealso::

  This is a simple **seealso** note.

Topic Title

Subsequent indented lines comprise the body of the topic, and are interpreted as body elements.