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INFO(1) User Commands INFO(1)


info - read Info documents


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


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=NODENAME
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.


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.)

September 2016 info 6.3