Info: An Introduction

The GNU Project distributes most of its manuals in the Info format, which you read using an Info reader. You are probably using an Info reader to read this now.

There are two primary Info readers: info, a stand-alone program designed just to read Info files (see What is Info? in GNU Info), and the info package in GNU Emacs, a general-purpose editor. At present, only the Emacs reader supports using a mouse.

This file describes how to use Info, the menu-driven GNU documentation system.

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(a) The FSF’s Back-Cover Text is: “You have the freedom to copy and modify this GNU manual.”

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