info Man page

INFO(1) User Commands INFO(1)


info – read Info documents




Read documentation in Info format.


-a, –all
use all matching manuals.

-k, –apropos=STRING
look up STRING in all indices of all manuals.

-d, –directory=DIR

remember user keystrokes in FILENAME.

-f, –file=MANUAL
specify Info manual to visit.

-h, –help
display this help and exit.

go to node pointed by index entry STRING.

-n, –node=NODE


specify nodes in first visited Info file.

-o, –output=FILE
output selected nodes to FILE.

-R, –raw-escapes
output “raw” ANSI escapes (default).

output escapes as literal text.

read initial keystrokes from FILE.

-O, –show-options, –usage
go to command-line options node.

(for debugging) use Info file pointers as-is.

recursively output menu items.

-v, –variable VAR=VALUE
assign VALUE to Info variable VAR.

use vi-like and less-like key bindings.

display version information and exit.

-w, –where, –location
print physical location of Info file.

-x, –debug=NUMBER
set debugging level (-1 for all).

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.

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
select buffers menu entry in emacs manual

info emacs -n Files
start at Files node within emacs manual

info ‘(emacs)Files’
alternative way to start at Files node

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


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Copyright © 2016 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 provided by the texinfo-doc-nonfree
package as a Texinfo manual. If this package is 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.)

info 6.1 March 2016 INFO(1)