Texinfo - The GNU Documentation System
(no gifs due to patent problems)
Texinfo is the official documentation format of the GNU project. It was invented by Richard
Stallman and Bob Chassell many years ago, loosely based on Brian Reid's
Scribe and other formatting languages of the time. It is used by many
non-GNU projects as well.
Texinfo uses a single source file to produce output in a number of
formats, both online and printed (dvi, html, info, pdf, xml, etc.). This
means that instead of writing different documents for online information
and another for a printed manual, you need write only one document. And
when the work is revised, you need revise only that one document. The
Texinfo system is well-integrated with GNU
Help wanted: I would be very grateful for help maintaining Texinfo.
Standalone Info in particular could be maintained more or less
independently of the other programs. I also have a long list of bug
reports and feature requests for makeinfo, the Texinfo language, etc.
For an overview of some of them, see the TODO
file in the distribution. Please write
me if you can help.
the latest official release as a gzipped tar file
(also on all GNU mirrors).
the unpacked release (also on all
- The Texinfo manual,
Info manual, and
standalone Info reader manual from the
latest official release, in various formats.
- The latest texinfo.tex
macro file used for converting Texinfo source to DVI or PDF files for
printing and viewing, using the TeX
typesetting system. The latest texinfo.tex is also available
via the Savannah gnulib project and
(texinfo.tex is updated much more frequently than full Texinfo
releases are made; please use the latest version.)
- If available, the
pretest by ftp
location via http). Pretests are inherently unstable, may not
- The development
sources via CVS, from savannah.gnu.org.
- Old releases, for
historical and archeological purposes.
- The NEWS
file listing notable changes by release, the
file detailing all changes, and the
file with future projects large and small, awaiting volunteers.
- The main address for bug reporting and developer discussion
plain text archive).
- For Texinfo authoring help and discussion
plain text archive).
- To discuss the latest test releases and development issues
- To get mail with every CVS commit to the repository
Anyone is welcome to subscribe to any or all of these. Do so by sending
a message to the corresponding -request address, for example
firstname.lastname@example.org. A single line
in both the body and the subject works best. The plain text archives
may be especially useful for Texinfo, since the web archiver considers
many Texinfo @-commands as email addresses and therefore mangles them.
for generating printable files from plain text, has a Texinfo style option.
conversion from Docbook to Texinfo.
for extracting Texinfo (and other format) documentation from source files.
for generating good man pages from --help output.
for typesetting indices of LaTeX documents with Texinfo's texindex program.
generate Texinfo from man pages.
- my-bib-macros.texi, a start at
bibliography support via Texinfo macros. For a start at integration
with BibTeX, see the Web2C
a curses-based Info reader with color support and a lynx-like interface.
Texinfo authoring via SGML tools.
Scribe, which can convert Texinfo to Scribe and generate Info files.
- texi2html, an (actively
maintained) alternative translator for generating HTML, roff, and chm.
converting Texinfo to LaTeX via XML.
an old standalone program that converts to troff format; it is not
maintained and not up to date.
a Tk-based Info reader.
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$Date: 2005/04/15 16:14:33 $ $Author: karl $