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Using GCC’s Online Help

  • Kurt Wall
  • William Von Hagen

Abstract

For better or worse the FSF uses a nonstandard online help format, GNU Info, to document its software. Info is one of the utilities people love to hate. Even though one can credibly argue that GNU Info is a more powerful and flexible system for documenting software than the ubiquitous man page, Info is dramatically different from the beloved Unix manual page, a difference that has kept it from becoming popular. Indeed, if you want to start a flame war on your favorite mailing list, don your asbestos underwear and post a message stating that Info is better than man. Seriously, because GNU Info is not very popular, most people do not now how to use it. Unfortunately, most of GCC’s excellent documentation is maintained in GNU Info format, so to get the most out of the GCC’s own documentation, you have to know how to use GNU Info—this chapter teaches you how to do so. We think you will find that it is not nearly as difficult to use as it seems.

Keywords

Mode Line Note Reference Info File Current Window Info Node 
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© Kurt Wall and William von Hagen 2004

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  • Kurt Wall
  • William Von Hagen

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