$Id: README,v 1.16 2004/12/13 13:36:32 karl Exp $
This is the README file for the GNU Texinfo distribution. Texinfo is
the preferred documentation format for GNU software.
Copyright (C) 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000,
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
Copying and distribution of this file, with or without modification,
are permitted in any medium without royalty provided the copyright
notice and this notice are preserved.
See ./INSTALL* for installation instructions.
Primary distribution point: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/texinfo/
(list of mirrors at: http://www.gnu.org/prep/ftp.html)
Home page: http://www.gnu.org/software/texinfo/
(list of mirrors at: http://www.gnu.org/server/list-mirrors.html)
This page includes links to other Texinfo-related programs.
Mailing lists and archives:
- firstname.lastname@example.org for bug reports or enhancement suggestions,
- email@example.com for authoring questions and general discussion,
- firstname.lastname@example.org for pretests of new releases,
There are no corresponding newsgroups.
please include enough information for the maintainers to reproduce the
problem. Generally speaking, that means:
- the contents of any input files necessary to reproduce the bug (crucial!).
- a description of the problem and any samples of the erroneous output.
- the version number of Texinfo and the program(s) involved (use --version).
- hardware, operating system, and compiler versions (uname -a).
- unusual options you gave to configure, if any (see config.status).
- anything else that you think would be helpful.
Patches are most welcome; if possible, please make them with diff -c and
include ChangeLog entries.
When sending email, please do not encode or split the messages in any
way if at all possible; it's easier to deal with one large message than
many small ones. GNU shar (http://www.gnu.org/software/sharutils/) is a
convenient way of packaging multiple and/or binary files for email.
See README.dev for information on the Texinfo development environment --
any interested parties are welcome. If you're a programmer and wish to
contribute, this should get you started. And if you're not a
programmer, you can still make significant contributions by writing test
cases, checking the documentation against the implementation, etc.
This distribution includes the following files, among others:
README This file.
README.dev Texinfo developer information.
INSTALL Texinfo-specific installation notes.
NEWS Summary of new features by release.
INTRODUCTION Brief introduction to the system, and
how to create readable files from the
Texinfo source files in this distribution.
Texinfo documentation files (in ./doc):
texinfo.txi Describes the Texinfo language and many
of the associated tools. It tells how
to use Texinfo to write documentation,
how to use Texinfo mode in GNU Emacs,
TeX, makeinfo, and the Emacs Lisp
Texinfo formatting commands.
info.texi This manual tells you how to use
Info. This document also comes as part of
GNU Emacs. If you do not have Emacs,
you can format this Texinfo source
file with makeinfo or TeX and then
read the resulting Info file with the
standalone Info reader that is part of
info-stnd.texi This manual tells you how to use
the standalone GNU Info reader that is
included in this distribution as C
Printing related files:
doc/texinfo.tex This TeX definitions file tells
the TeX program how to typeset a
Texinfo file into a DVI file ready for
util/texindex.c This file contains the source for
the `texindex' program that generates
sorted indices used by TeX when
typesetting a file for printing.
util/texi2dvi This is a shell script for
producing an indexed DVI file using
TeX and texindex.
Source files for standalone C programs:
Makefile.am What Automake uses to make a Makefile.in.
Makefile.in What `configure' uses to make a Makefile,
created by Automake.
configure.ac What Autoconf uses to create `configure'.
configure Configuration script for local conditions,
created by Autoconf.