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Old 10-13-2008, 11:45 AM   #1
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question about info files / structure


Hi, all -

I guess a lot of folks don't care much for documentation in info format nor the way one moves around in it, but ... although I am definitely more a vi than emacs person, I often use info within emacs to browse what has always seemed to be a wealth of material.

That said, I have long noted 'info' things that seemed to be missing on my Slack boxen & have wondered whether this was due to Slackware not including some files or simply due to, say, some kind of GNU weirdness.

On my -current laptop, if I fire up emacs and start the info system, then scroll down to the "Miscellaneous" category, there are a lot of entries followed by parentheticals that seem to indicate the tools in question are parts of larger collections / info files. Examples:

* c++filt: (binutils)c++filt. Filter to demangle encoded C++ symbols
* cat: (textutils)cat invocation. Concatenate and write files.
* chgrp: (fileutils)chgrp invocation. Change file groups.
* chmod: (fileutils)chmod invocation. Change file permissions.
* chown: (fileutils)chown invocation. Change file owners/groups.
* chroot: (sh-utils)chroot invocation. Specify the root directory.
* cksum: (textutils)cksum invocation. Print POSIX CRC checksum.

... thing is, if I try to open 'chroot,' emacs tells me

Info-find-file: Info file sh-utils does not exist

... and if I scroll up to the line

* Shell utilities: (sh-utils). GNU shell utilities.

... and click, I get the same thing. Same for textutils and fileutils ...

If you go to the Free Software directory at gnu.org, you'll find out that "Fileutils, Shellutils, and Textutils have been combined into the GNU Coreutils package. All further development and discussion is now taking place as Coreutils."

coreutils.info.gz is definitely in /usr/info.

I have futzed around in the /usr/info directory some, but I guess I am wondering why these outdated listings (for fileutils, etc) are still showing as they are in the info tree when info is invoked, and how to update that tree, make it accurate, etc.

Thx,

Glenn
 
Old 10-13-2008, 11:51 AM   #2
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There might be other ways of doing it, but I replaced fileutils, sh-utils, and textutils with coreutils, in kwrite as root.
 
Old 10-13-2008, 01:06 PM   #3
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Thank you, Brian.

That was easy to do once I figured out which file to edit!

GB
 
Old 10-13-2008, 01:17 PM   #4
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Oh yeah, I could have mentioned it was /usr/info/dir I edited.
 
Old 10-13-2008, 02:03 PM   #5
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Oh, no problem, it wasn't hard to figure out. Thanks again for the tip.
 
  


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