Manual page for info(1)
info - GNU's hypertext system
Copyright © 1989, 1993 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
The GNU project has a hypertext system called
which allows the same source file to be either printed as a
paper manual, or viewed using
It is possible to use the
program from inside Emacs, or to use the stand-alone version described here.
This manual page gives a brief summary of its capabilities.
- --directory directory-path
to the list of directory paths searched when
needs to find a file. You may issue
Alternatively, you may specify a value for the environment variable
is not given, the value of
is used. The value of
is a colon separated list of directory names. If you do not supply either
uses a default path.
- -f filename
Specify a particular
file to visit. By default,
if you use this option,
will start with
as the first file and node.
- -n nodename
Specify a particular node to visit in the initial file that
loads. This is especially useful in conjunction with
You may specify
- -o file
Direct output to
instead of starting an interactive
Produce a relatively brief description of the available
Print the version information of
treats its remaining arguments as the names of menu items.
The first argument is a menu item in the initial node visited,
while the second argument is a menu item in the first argument's
node. You can easily move to the node of your choice by
specifying the menu names which describe the path to that node.
info emacs buffers
first selects the menu item
in the node
and then selects the menu item
in the node
the following commands are available:
Invoke the Info tutorial.
Get a short summary of
node from the main directory; this is much more complete than just
Abort whatever you are doing.
Redraw the screen.
Selecting other nodes:
Move to the "next" node of this node.
Move to the "previous" node of this node.
Move to this node's "up" node.
Pick a menu item specified by name. Picking a menu item causes another
node to be selected. You do not need to type a complete nodename; if
you type a few letters and then a space or tab
will will try to fill in the rest of the nodename. If you ask for further
completion without typing any more characters you'll be given a list
of possibilities; you can also get the list with
If you type a few characters and then hit return
will try to do a completion, and if it is ambigous use the first possibility.
Follow a cross reference. You are asked for the name of the reference,
using command completion as for
Move to the last node you were at.
Moving within a node:
Scroll forward a page.
Scroll backward a page.
Go to the beginning of this node.
Pick first item in node's menu.
- 2 -- 5
Pick second ... fifth item in node's menu.
Move to node specified by name. You may include a filename as well,
Search through this
file for a specified string, and select the node in which
the next occurrence is found.
- M-x print-node
Pipe the contents of the current node through the command in the
If the variable does not exist, the node is simply piped to
A colon-separated list of directories to search for
files. Used if
is not given.
The command used for printing.
Brian Fox, Free Software Foundation
Robert Lupton; updated by Robert J. Chassell.
Created by unroff & hp-tools.
© by Hans-Peter Bischof. All Rights Reserved (1997).
Last modified 21/April/97