[linux] Recommend an info->anything_readable converter

Phillip Garland pgarland at u.washington.edu
Mon Oct 17 12:36:26 PDT 2005

Texinfo (the text processor that outputs Info files) also supports outputting to HTML, XML, DocBook, PDF, DVI, and plain text. If you have the texinfo package installed, and the texinfo sources for your documentation, you should be able to generate those formats by using the `makeinfo', `texi2dvi', or `texi2pdf' commands. See the documentation for texinfo and those commands for details,

but generally its just a matter of doing something like:

makeinfo --html foo.texi


texi2pdf foo.texi

Nobody needs another man vs. info or emacs vs. the universe debate, but I prefer info documentation because it integrates well with emacs (although the woman mode for reading man pages is also very nice), is searchable hypertext, has a hierarchal structure, and an index and a table of contents


On Mon, 17 Oct 2005, Ethan Merritt wrote:

> Google has failed me :-(


> Given that "info" has got to be the most user unfriendly

> documentation tool ever invented, and also given that

> some packages provide only *.info files as documetation,

> I really want a tool to convert *.info files into something

> readable. I don't much care what that is - plain text or

> a man page seems the most likely, but html would be OK.


> Can anyone recommend an info2something filter?


> Google only turned up a little known tool info2pod.

> I tried that after downloading from the home web site,

> but it didn't work.


> --

> Ethan A Merritt merritt at u.washington.edu

> Biomolecular Structure Center

> Mailstop 357742

> University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195


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