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`info` is a utility which provides a hypertext, multipage documentation system on the command line.

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How do I add line numbers to the man page?

How can I add line numbers to man pages or info pages in Linux? I want to use line numbers to navigate in man pages. I can write the man page in a file and then open it with Vim, but is there a better ...
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using info to search for an 'item'

so I have this handy little function: zhelp() { man zshall | less -p "^ $1" } ... but it's time I moved to 'info' and I trust there's a simple option to search for some ... not just a ...
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Cannot find node ' '. How to add downloaded Info document file so that info command worked?

info make opened same as man make. I've downloaded make.info.tar.gz file from https://www.gnu.org/software/make/manual/, then: sudo cp ~/Downloads/make.info.tar.gz /usr/share/info/ sudo install-info /...
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How to read the info format of the GNU Standard C Library?

I have installed the glibc-doc-reference package in Debian Bullseye, and the package documentation says that it Contains The GNU C Library Reference manual in info, pdf and html format. The HTML ...
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Debian or other convention for installing info files in multiple languages

I am working on the installation for Maxima, a computer algebra system. The reference manual is written as a collection of Texinfo files. The primary documentation is English, but there are several ...
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Few questions about info program

I have a problem with some commands in info. I found that C-x means not C but Ctrl. In addition I have a problem with "M-x" (this is probably not "M" key (shift+m), and RET is the ...
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Creating .info files to be used with tree

man tree1 states: -info Prints file comments found in .info files. See .INFO FILES below for more information on the format of .info files. and further .INFO FILES .info files are similiar to ....
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How to change the pager for info command

On GNU/Linux is it possible to change the default pager for info command? I would like to use less as the pager (similar to man pages). I have customized less to use colors to make navigation of man ...
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Get kernel version on Debian and Arch by offline

How can we know kernel version on Debian and Arch offline ? i.e from other running Linux installed on another partition
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How do I dump text from the GNU info reader?

I would like to dump the text from a page of a tool's info documentation to a text file and read and edit it subsequently in Vim. Does the GNU info reader permit dumping of its text, or is there an ...
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Redirecting output of info command

While redirecting info bash > file.info on Ubuntu, I get a file.info file with just the error: info: No menu item 'bash' in node '(dir)Top' I tried to look at the location of the info page by ...
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Is there a more interactive man and info pages viewer?

If I use man to view man pages, they are not interactive at all, I can merely change the visuals through a pager. With info I can view man and info pages with interactive links, including the links in ...
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What keystrokes does 'C-p' mean in 'info' utility?

Using H within info there are a series of options like 'C-n' ('next-line') <DOWN> (an arrow key) Move the cursor down to the next line. 'C-p' ('prev-line') <UP> (an arrow key) ...
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Install multiple versions of an info manual

I have GNU Guile 2.2.6 installed on my system as guile, and GNU Guile 3.0.5 installed as guile3. I would like to install the info manuals for both versions. Both want to install the info files as /usr/...
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Convert info/texinfo to man?

I prefer to view man pages rather than info. Is it possible to convert/view the info content in the man format? E.g. info -o - --subnodes tar | less but in a more readable format I am asking because ...
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Moving forward in history in GNU info

The key bound to (history-node) lets GNU info jump to the last node visited in this window (like a browser's back button). Is there an opposite for this function in GNU info: a way to go forward again ...
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How to install an info file in Debian

The command info libc outputs No menu item 'libc' in node '(dir)Top' I think that the relevant info file is probably not installed. How can I install an info file in debian"?
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How to reveal a command's script?

For now, the solution I got is to use, for example, whereis [command] and then cat into the file to see the script. But is there any other command to be able to directly see a command's execution ...
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info: are there vim controls for the info pages?

info foo Next, I am in a foo page with links navigated by enter and arrow keys. Are there vim keymap settings for this?
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Cannot start the info tutorial in Debian 9 (stretch)

I have the same problem as identified here: How can I launch the tutorial for the GNU info pages? ... but do not have sufficient reputation to make a comment. I don't think the single answer there ...
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Does the info command display man pages?

I was looking for a way to follow "hyperlinks" in man pages, when I stumbled across the info command, which seemed to display information on commands the same as man but also allows you to tab to ...
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Getting error when searching within an info page

I'm using the Fish shell on openSUSE Tumbleweed (20200414). I am able to initially search for a string within an info page by typing '/string'. However, when I try to search for the next occurrence ...
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Install "info" in Debian

When I run the info command I get bash: info: command not found How can I solve this?
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Linux Mint 19.2 Cinnamon 64-bit strange behavior with "info" command

I have a Linux Mint 19.2 Cinnamon 64-bit install running on ZFS root. I occasionally use the info command to look up things which I can't remember off-hand, for example, obscure details of C format ...
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How to get hardware info from a client remotely

Before i say anything i want to inform you that: My Programming skills are 0 My Linux knowledge is very basic I am trying to find a way to get hardware information remotely and store them in my linux ...
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How to use info with awk or gawk?

Try to search index with i after info awk, it says no indices found. So i switch to info gawk, and execute i gensub, but it didn't jump to gensub function. Result of I gensub is: Index entries that ...
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Question about info program as described in "Introduction to Linux" by Machtelt Garrels

I'm going through this book to try and learn Linux and hit a few snags in Chapter 2. In case it matters I'm running Debian 9 in a virtual machine. At the part where the author introduces us to the ...
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Can I get common hyperlinks in Info manuals?

If I view man pages using info (e.g. info man), I see common hyperlinks (e.g. apropos(1)). However, Texinfo commands that create hyperlinks (e.g. @xref), in Info output, add a label (*Note) before ...
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Lightweigtht pager with links?

Are there any pagers/readers/viewers for the use inside the Linux terminal that can follow links to the same page and different files (not necessarily on the net) which have an simpler markup language ...
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How do I list all commands in GNU info?

When I run info info, I get the following text at the top. File: dir, Node: Top, This is the top of the INFO tree. This is the Info main menu (aka directory node). A few useful Info ...
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How to change line width in "info" command

Is it possible to make lines in the info command wider? An example : When running info awk I get the following output, although the terminal size is much wider. 2 Running 'awk' and 'gawk' **********...
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How to search "info" page for keyword

I'm currently looking through the "info" page for "ls" command and I want to find all relevant sections that contain the keyword "-l". But I'm not sure how to search for keywords and how to move ...
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how to look for help on a command output

If I search for man pages for a command I only see the information on the parameters that I can pass to the command. How do I find details on the command output? for example what each column of the ...
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How can I get the Linux 'info' command to use vi rather than emacs for the editor? [closed]

I already have EDITOR=vim in my environment.
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How to scroll GNU info pages without unexpectedly jumping to the next node?

Using the ↑ and ↓ directional arrow keys to to scroll up and down the page in the GNU info pages causes the info page viewer to unexpectedly jump to another node, this is really disorienting. How can ...
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How can I launch the tutorial for the GNU info pages?

I would like to learn how to use the info pages - i.e. the documentation for GNU programs. If I run info from a terminal, the info program launches File: dir, Node: Top, This is the top of ...
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What is the purpose of numbered Info files?

I've noticed that some software come with multiple info files. For example, tar on Fedora 21 comes with: tar.info.gz tar.info-1.gz tar.info-2.gz Are the tar-info-* files dependencies of some sort ...
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My texinfo isn't listed by info

The Emacs lisp introduction was translated to Spanish by volunteers. I write a PKGBUILD to "compile" the texinfo file and had the results installed on my system. I did some changes to the original ...
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Where does info file exist

I want to find the location of info file of the jcal program. It has appropriate info when I call info jcal. The output of info -w jcal is: *manpages* Did I do wrong way to get the full location of ...
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How to automatically update the top info directory

I use MSYS2 on my Windows machine and when I installed make, as a dependency pacman installed guile. Listing the files of the guile package revealed that it has info pages (guile.info.gz) installed at ...
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Help and/or info comand simple

How can i write information for a shell file that i have in my bin to write the information that the help command or the info command use. p.s. can you answer the question with simple steps or code ...
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How to create Info documentation?

How can I add man page entries for my own power tools? got me thinking: How would one create an Info page?
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chromium add a protocol handler

A lot of years ago I was using kde/konqueror and one nice feature was the ability to open man and info pages using man:// and info:// as url protocol, I never checked but guess man/info pages were ...
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How do I tell which command has the longest manual on my system?

Is there an easy way to find out which command has the longest manual pages?
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Why didn't GNU Info succeed man?

As per my knowledge/understanding both help and man came at the same time or have very little time difference between them. Then GNU Info came in and from what I have seen is much more verbose, much ...
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Viewing info pages in a browser

Is there any way I can use a browser to view info pages? I know that it can be done with man pages based on the man page for man, but I couldn't find any such option for info.
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Does info also look up manpage?

Besides man, info can also provide information of a command. For the commands I have tried, I find that info provides the same information as man. So I wonder if info always look up manpages? What ...
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texinfo: Can I write non-english info files? Such as Chinese, and how?

Most gnu manual files use info, write a texinfo then makeinfo produces info files, it's great. Can texinfo contain non-English characters then produce non-English infos or pdfs? How can I write ...
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Binutils documentation compilation problem

I'm trying to compile and install binutils+GCC for my machine on my own. I have compiled lastest binutils sources without getting any error, but installation seems to have some problems with gas ...
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Where is said how do you get the NUMLOCK key to default to on for the GUI console?

This is on a fedora machine. I have to look in man pages first to find the answer, if not then in an info page. If the answer is not there then I have to use the internet to find the answer. It is on ...
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