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INSTALL-INFO(8)                 dpkg utilities                 INSTALL-INFO(8)

       install-info - create or update entry in Info directory

       install-info [--version] [--help] [--debug] [--maxwidth=nnn] [--section
       regexp title] [--infodir=xxx] [--align=nnn] [--quiet] [--menuentry=xxx]
       [--description=xxx] [--remove | --remove-exactly ] [--] filename

       install-info  makes,  updates or removes entries in the Info directory,
       the dir file.  When updating or creating entries, if no description  is
       specified  on the command line or in the Info file it attempts to guess
       a description from the contents of the file.

       See the description of the --section option for details  of  where  the
       entry  will  be  placed and a description of the expected format of the
       dir file.

       [--] filename
              Gives the filename of the Info file whose menu entry  is  to  be
              created,  updated or removed.  If --remove-exactly is specified,
              then filename should be the exact entry name to be removed (i.e.
              "emacs-20/emacs" or "gcc"), otherwise the basename of this file-
              name is used as the referent of the menu entry which is created,
              unless  there's  an  overriding  START-INFO-DIR entry inside the
              given file.  This file must therefore exist (or be about  to  be
              installed, or have previously existed when removing an entry) in
              the same directory as the dir file (see the --infodir option).

              If filename ends in .gz it is taken to  refer  to  a  file  com-
              pressed  with GNU gzip; if it doesn't exist, but a corresponding
              filename.gz does, the latter is used instead.

              When adding or updating entries the file must exist at the  path
              specified (possibly with an additional .gz extension).

              Specifies that the entry for the file filename is to be removed;
              by default entries are created or updated.

              If the removal results in a section becoming empty  the  section
              heading  (and  the  spare  blank  line) will be removed as well,
              unless this is the last section in the  file  or  --keep-old  is
              specified.   See  the  --section  option  for  details about the
              expected format of the dir file.

              If there are several suitable entries in the dir file only those
              in  the  first matching contiguous group will be removed and the
              others silently ignored.

              It is not an error for no suitable entry  to  be  found,  though
              install-info  will issue a warning unless the --quiet option was

              When --remove is specified the --maxwidth, --align and  --calign
              formatting options are silently ignored.

              This  option  is  essentially  the  same as --remove except that
              filename is taken as the exact entry to be removed, rather  than
              as  the  name  of  an existing file.  This can be important when
              trying to remove entries that refer to info files in subdirecto-
              ries  (i.e.  "emacs-20/emacs")  because --remove will operate on
              the basename of the given filename rather than  the  exact  name
              given.     (i.e.     --remove   "emacs-20/emacs"   would   cause
              install-info to look for "emacs", not "emacs-20/emacs").

       --section regexp title
              Specifies that, if a new entry is  to  be  made,  it  should  be
              placed  in a section of the dir file whose title matches regexp.
              If no such section exists one will be created as the second last
              section in the file (see below), with title title.  A section is
              a part of the dir menu delimited by blank lines; the first  line
              is assumed to be the title.

              If  a  new  entry  is to be created install-info will attempt to
              insert it within the section according in alphabetic  order;  if
              the  entries  in the section aren't already sorted the new loca-
              tion within the section will be  unpredictable.   The  order  of
              existing entries will not be changed.

              The  default  is  to  append new entries to the end of the file.
              The last section (even if it only consists of  the  title  line)
              should  always exist, to ensure that new sections are created in
              the right place.  The final section should be titled to  reflect
              the  fact  that  Info files with no more well specified location
              are appended to it.

              If there is already an entry for the Info file  being  installed
              it is replaced in situ with the new entry.

              If  a section is specified when removing an entry the section is
              ignored and a warning is issued.

              If a section is requested when adding an entry but the file con-
              tains  no  section headings at all then install-info will create
              both the requested section and a Miscellaneous  section  at  the
              end of the file.

              Specifies  that  the  dir file is, and the installed copy of the
              new Info file was, is  or  will  be  located  in  infodir.   The
              default is /usr/info.

       --align=nnn [deprecated]
              Specifies  that  the  first  line  of  the description should be
              indented at least nnn characters; extra spaces will be added  as
              required.   If  necessary  because of the length of the dir menu
              entry details it may be offset more.  The default is 27.

       --calign=nnn [deprecated]
              Specifies that the second and subsequent lines of  the  descrip-
              tion should be indented at least nnn characters.  The default is

       --maxwidth=nnn [deprecated]
              Specifies that the maximum width for the Info file is nnn.  This
              is  used when wordwrapping the descriptive text.  The default is

              Prevents the usual display of the new menu entry just before  it
              is  inserted, and of the messages announcing the replacement and
              removal of existing entries and the  creation  and  deletion  of

       --help Causes install-info to display its usage information and exit.

              Causes  install-info to display its version and copyright infor-
              mation and exit.

              Specifies that the description to use after the  menu  entry  in
              new  or  updated  entries be xxx.  The default is to use the the
              value specified in the  Info  file  itself;  this  is  found  by
              searching for a section of the form
              * Auto-PGP: (auto-pgp). PGP under GNU Emacs.

              If  the  entry found in the Info file itself extends across sev-
              eral lines, each giving a menu entry, the text found in the file
              is  used  verbatim.  In this case the alphabetic ordering scheme
              is turned off, and the entries are inserted at the top  of  sec-
              tion  in  question.   In  this case the --menuentry, --maxwidth,
              --align, --calign  and --menuentry options are ignored.

              If there is no dir entry in the file the  program  will  try  to
              find a paragraph early in the file starting this file documents.
              It will capitalise the first character of the remainder, and use

              It is an error for none of these methods to yield a description.

              If a description argument is given when --remove is specified it
              is ignored and a warning is issued.

              Specifies that the entry in the menu should be xxx.  The default
              is  to  use the the value specified in the Info file itself.  If
              this is not present the basename of the Info file is  used  (any
              .info  is deleted, and the entry is made mixed case).  See above
              for details of the format expected for the  menu  entry  in  the
              Info file.

              When  removing  entries the value of the --menuentry option must
              match the actual menu entry field in the menu item to be removed
              (case  not  significant).  If --menuentry is omitted no check on
              the menu entry is done.

              Inhibits the replacement of existing entries and the removal  of
              empty sections.

              If the file being installed alreay has an entry in the directory
              the old entry will be left alone instead of being replaced;  the
              default  is to overwrite any old entry found with the newly gen-
              erated one.

              If --remove is specified --keep-old will prevent the removal  of
              the  section heading which would otherwise happen if the section
              is made empty by the removal.

       --test Enables test mode, which inhibits the update  of  the  directory

              Enables  debugging  mode,  in which the results of some internal
              processing steps are shown.

       emacs(1), info(1), gzip(1)

       Copyright 1994, Ian Jackson.  install-info is free  software;  see  the
       GNU  General  Public Licence version 2 or later for copying conditions.
       There is no warranty.

Debian Project                29th November 1995               INSTALL-INFO(8)