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Old 07-04-2007, 10:14 PM   #1
Gakumon
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no such file response for many Info utility nodes


When I use the program info I can only access nodes under the (binutils) package. All other nodes under packages like sharutils, textutils, fileutils, sh-utils all respond with "no such file or directory".

Does this have something to do with GNU vs nonGNU utilities?

sorry if this question reeks of noob...
 
Old 07-04-2007, 11:36 PM   #2
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In the source for the packages, do you see any .texi files in the doc/ directory? Some packages like latex do prepare info pages. If they do, you can often use a make dvi or make pdf target to produce print-worthy versions of the manuals. Some packages may not prepare the docbook documentation.
 
Old 07-05-2007, 02:25 AM   #3
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Under usr/doc/ there are no .texi files. Subdirectories such as /usr/doc/binutils-2.15.92.0.2/ have no texi files either.

In usr/info there are plenty of .info.gz files but alas, no .texi ... Under info's commands list, it tells me it's search paths, which include /usr/info. However usr/doc/ isn't being searched. Nor are there any other doc directories in the paths list.

I do have to chuckle a bit 'cause out of all the people that could have replied it turned out to be someone else living in Fargo.
 
Old 07-05-2007, 04:27 AM   #4
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Actually, I meant the doc/ directory inside the .tgz source package. Doesn't slackware install source packages, or is that debian? If not, yes, the .info.gz files are the files that info uses.

By the way, I'm sure you know that Slackware was started by an MSU student. He was with a friend from NDSU in Fargo. His friend came up with the name "Slackware".
 
Old 07-05-2007, 08:16 AM   #5
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Slocate didn't return any tar files, just the gzipped ones in the info directory. Any the usr/src/ dir has only kernel files. Also zcat confirmed the .info.gz files are what info accesses.

Looking into this more the problem is actually that if I type "info" and then move the cursor to cp or chmod, for example, and hit return it doesn't reference the man pages. But if I type "info cp" it does.... it's not really a problem now, just an oddity. Now that I know what's happening sorta... Thanks for your help btw.

And yeah I've read about Patrick, if he still lives around here and I ever ran into him, I'd ask him for the opportunity to buy him a beer, and pick his brain.

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