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INFO(1) User Commands INFO(1)

info - read Info documents

info [ OPTION]... [MENU-ITEM...]

Read documentation in Info format.

-k, --apropos=STRING
look up STRING in all indices of all manuals.
-d, --directory=DIR
remember user keystrokes in FILENAME.
-f, --file=FILENAME
specify Info file to visit.
-h, --help
display this help and exit.
go to node pointed by index entry STRING.
-n, --node=NODENAME
specify nodes in first visited Info file.
-o, --output=FILENAME
output selected nodes to FILENAME.
-R, --raw-escapes
output "raw" ANSI escapes (default).
output escapes as literal text.
read initial keystrokes from FILENAME.
-O, --show-options, --usage
go to command-line options node.
(for debugging) use Info file pointers as-is.
recursively output menu items.
use vi-like and less-like key bindings.
display version information and exit.
-w, --where, --location
print physical location of Info file.
The first non-option argument, if present, is the menu entry to start from; it is searched for in all `dir' files along INFOPATH. If it is not present, info merges all `dir' files and shows the result. Any remaining arguments are treated as the names of menu items relative to the initial node visited.
For a summary of key bindings, type h within Info.

show top-level dir menu
info info
show the general manual for Info readers
info info-stnd
show the manual specific to this Info program
info emacs
start at emacs node from top-level dir
info emacs buffers
start at buffers node within emacs manual
info --show-options emacs
start at node with emacs' command line options
info --subnodes -o out.txt emacs
dump entire manual to out.txt
info -f ./
show file ./, not searching dir

Email bug reports to, general questions and discussion to
Texinfo home page:

Copyright © 2013 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

The full documentation for info is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info program is properly installed at your site, the command
info info
should give you access to the complete manual. (Or, if you have Emacs, M-x info will lead to the manual.)
June 2014 info 5.1

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