The Texinfo package contains programs for reading, writing, and converting info pages.
The info program makes assumptions such as that a string occupies the same number of character cells on the screen and bytes in memory and that one can break the string anywhere, which fail in UTF-8 based locales. The patch below makes them valid by falling back to English messages when a multibyte locale is in use:
patch -Np1 -i ../texinfo-4.8a-multibyte-1.patch
Texinfo allows local users to overwrite arbitrary files via a symlink attack on temporary files. Apply the following patch to fix this:
patch -Np1 -i ../texinfo-4.8a-tempfile_fix-1.patch
Prepare Texinfo for compilation:
Compile the package:
To test the results, issue: make check.
Install the package:
Optionally, install the components belonging in a TeX installation:
make TEXMF=/usr/share/texmf install-tex
The meaning of the make parameter:
The TEXMF makefile variable holds the location of the root of the TeX tree if, for example, a TeX package will be installed later.
The Info documentation system uses a plain text file to hold its list of menu entries. The file is located at /usr/share/info/dir. Unfortunately, due to occasional problems in the Makefiles of various packages, it can sometimes get out of sync with the info pages installed on the system. If the /usr/share/info/dir file ever needs to be recreated, the following optional commands will accomplish the task:
cd /usr/share/info rm dir for f in * do install-info $f dir 2>/dev/null done
Used to read info pages which are similar to man pages, but often go much deeper than just explaining all the available command line options. For example, compare man bison and info bison.
Compiles a source file containing Info customizations into a binary format
Used to install info pages; it updates entries in the info index file
Translates the given Texinfo source documents into info pages, plain text, or HTML
Used to format the given Texinfo document into a device-independent file that can be printed
Used to format the given Texinfo document into a Portable Document Format (PDF) file
Used to sort Texinfo index files