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1 $Id: README 7842 2017-06-23 06:47:27Z gavin $
2 This is the README file for the GNU Texinfo distribution. Texinfo is
3 the preferred documentation format for GNU software.
5 Copyright 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001,
6 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
7 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
9 Copying and distribution of this file, with or without modification,
10 are permitted in any medium without royalty provided the copyright
11 notice and this notice are preserved.
13 Home page: http://www.gnu.org/software/texinfo/
14 Including links to Texinfo-related programs not part of this package.
16 Primary distribution point: http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/texinfo/
17 automatic mirror redirection: http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/texinfo/
18 mirror list: http://www.gnu.org/prep/ftp.html
20 Texinfo is a documentation system that uses a single source to produce
21 many forms of output:
22 - a PDF or DVI document (via the TeX typesetting system) with the normal
23 features of a book, including sectioning, cross references, indices, etc.
24 - an Info file with analogous features to make documentation browsing easy.
25 - a plain text (ASCII) file.
26 - an HTML output file suitable for use with a web browser.
27 - a Docbook file.
28 - a XML file transliterating the source with a Texinfo DTD.
30 See ./INSTALL* for installation instructions.
32 To get started with Texinfo, best is to read the Texinfo manual;
33 it is online at http://www.gnu.org/software/texinfo/manual/texinfo.
34 If you don't have Internet access, you can read the manual locally:
35 - first, build the distribution.
36 - then, for HTML, run: make -C doc html
37 and you can start reading at doc/texinfo.html/index.html.
38 - for PDF, if you have a working TeX, run: make -C doc pdf
39 - for Info, you can read a tutorial on reading Info files:
40 ./info/ginfo doc/info
41 and/or read the Texinfo manual:
42 ./info/ginfo doc/texinfo
44 Texinfo mailing lists and archives:
45 - http://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/bug-texinfo
46 for bug reports, enhancement suggestions, technical discussion.
47 - http://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/help-texinfo
48 for authoring questions and general discussion.
49 There are no corresponding newsgroups.
51 Bug reports:
52 Please include enough information for the maintainers to reproduce the
53 problem. Generally speaking, that means:
54 - the contents of all input files needed to reproduce the bug (crucial!).
55 - a statement of the problem and any samples of the erroneous output.
56 - the version number of Texinfo and the program(s) involved (use --version).
57 - hardware and operating system information (uname -a).
58 - unusual options you gave to configure, if any (try ./config.status --help).
59 - anything else that you think could be helpful.
61 Patches are most welcome; if possible, please make them with diff -c and
62 include ChangeLog entries.
64 See README-hacking for information on the Texinfo development
65 environment -- any interested parties are welcome. If you're a
66 programmer and wish to contribute, this should get you started. If
67 you're not a programmer, you can still make significant contributions by
68 writing test cases, checking the documentation against the
69 implementation, etc.
71 This distribution includes the following files, among others:
72 README This file.
73 README-hacking Texinfo developer information.
75 INSTALL Texinfo-specific installation notes.
76 NEWS Summary of new features by release.
78 Texinfo documentation files (in ./doc):
79 texinfo.texi Describes the Texinfo language and many
80 of the associated tools. It tells how to use
81 Texinfo to write documentation, how to use
82 Texinfo mode in GNU Emacs, TeX,
83 texi2any/makeinfo, and much else.
85 info.texi Describes how to read manuals in Info.
86 This document also comes as part of GNU Emacs.
88 info-stnd.texi How to use the standalone GNU Info reader that is
89 included in this distribution (./info).
91 Printing-related files:
92 doc/texinfo.tex This implements Texinfo in TeX, to typeset a
93 Texinfo file into a DVI or PDF file.
95 util/texi2dvi This is a shell script for producing an
96 indexed DVI file using TeX and texindex.
98 util/texi2pdf Generate PDF (wrapper for texi2dvi).
100 Source directories:
101 djgpp/ Support for compiling under DJGPP.
102 gnulib/ Support files from Gnulib.
103 info/ Standalone Info reader.
104 install-info/ Maintain the Info dir file.
105 tp/ Texinfo Parser in Perl, includes texi2any/makeinfo.
106 texindex/ The `texindex' program that generates
107 sorted indices used by TeX when
108 typesetting a file for printing.
110 Translation support:
111 po/ Strings of the programs.
112 po_document/ Strings in generated Texinfo documents.
114 Installation support:
115 Makefile.am Read by Automake to create a Makefile.in.
116 Makefile.in Read by configure to make a Makefile,
117 created by Automake.
118 configure.ac Read by Autoconf to create `configure'.
119 configure Configuration script for local conditions,
120 created by Autoconf.
121 build-aux/ Common files.
123 The util/ directory contains a few other scripts, e.g., examples of
124 using makeinfo in various ways. See util/README.
126 Finally, the contrib/ directory contains additional files from users
127 provided for your reading and/or hacking pleasure. They aren't part of
128 Texinfo proper or maintained by the Texinfo developers.