6.72. Texinfo-6.5

The Texinfo package contains programs for reading, writing, and converting info pages.

Approximate build time: 1.1 SBU
Required disk space: 128 MB

6.72.1. Installation of Texinfo

Prepare Texinfo for compilation:

./configure --prefix=/usr --disable-static

The meaning of the configure options:


In this case, the top-level configure script will complain that this is an unrecognized option, but the configure script for XSParagraph recognizes it and uses it to disable installing a static XSParagraph.a to /usr/lib/texinfo.

Compile the package:


To test the results, issue:

make check

Install the package:

make install

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:

pushd /usr/share/info
rm -v dir
for f in *
  do install-info $f dir 2>/dev/null

6.72.2. Contents of Texinfo

Installed programs: info, install-info, makeinfo (link to texi2any), pdftexi2dvi, pod2texi, texi2any, texi2dvi, texi2pdf, and texindex
Installed library: XSParagraph.so
Installed directories: /usr/share/texinfo and /usr/lib/texinfo

Short Descriptions


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.]


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 Portable Document Format (PDF) file


Converts Pod to Texinfo format


Translate Texinfo source documentation to various other formats


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