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Re: [Info] Get more from the command line

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: [Info] Get more from the command line
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 15:15:41 +0300 (IDT)

On Wed, 10 Apr 2002, David Forrest wrote:

> I think what Harry Putnam address@hidden was wanting was for
>    info --output=-  --usage Standalone
> # to give the output of:
>    info --output=-  Standalone Invoking

This should work in the latest release 4.2 of Texinfo.  Please try it.

>    info info
> It might be nice for the tutorial to tell people that
>    info Standalone
> might be more what they want.

"info info" is the tutorial introduction to the Info system as a whole, 
not just to the standalone reader.  As such, it is IMHO more appropriate 
for first-time Info users.  The manual for the standalone reader is only 
relevant for users of that reader; some of them might turn to other 
readers, like Emacs.

> There are a number of mystifying things about info (the combination of
> dir files for example) that I still find hard to figure out, but
> 'info Standalone' gets me a lot closer.

If there's something unclear or undocumented that you think should be 
told, please say what that is.

> Is there a command in /usr/bin/info that tells you what file you are
> looking at, similar to the '=' command in lynx?  /usr/bin/info shows the
> filename and node you are looking at, but it would be nice if it told you
> exactly what you are looking at.  The INFOPATH can be quite long, and the
> location of what you are reading can be difficult to discover.

I don't think there is such a command.  Can you explain why is it 
important to know the full file name of the Info manual?

> $ info --version
> info (GNU texinfo) 4.0b

I suggest to upgrade to v4.2.  Not only is 4.0b an old version, it also 
has a few known bugs, which are fixed in v4.2, an official release.

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