Where is the info viewer?

Per Hedeland per at hedeland.org
Thu Sep 12 12:39:48 UTC 2019

On 2019-09-12 02:58, Polytropon wrote:
> On Wed, 11 Sep 2019 18:47:17 +0200, Per Hedeland wrote:
>> But, but... - surely there are no info files in base? They live in
>> /usr/local/share/info, which should be enough of an indication, but
>> just to make sure:
>> $ ls /usr/share/info
>> ls: /usr/share/info: No such file or directory
>> $ ls /usr/local/share/info | wc -l
>>         78
>> $ pkg which /usr/local/share/info/* | grep 'installed by package' | wc -l
>>         77
>> $ pkg which /usr/local/share/info/* | grep -v 'installed by package'
>> /usr/local/share/info/dir was not found in the database
>> $ cat /usr/local/share/info/dir
>> Produced by: indexinfo 0.3.1.
>> File: dir,      Node: Top       This is the top of the INFO tree
>> ...
> I think you have obtained this from a current FreeBSD version.

Correct, sorry for not mentioning that - it was 12.0-RELEASE (i.e.
indeed current but not CURRENT:-). I now also checked 10.3-RELEASE -
had ~20 files in /usr/share/info and not even the directory
/usr/local/share/info, but quite a few files in /usr/local/info - and
11.1-RELEASE - had neither /usr/share/info nor /usr/local/share/info,
but many files in /usr/local/info, so it seems no info files in base
there either - and I wouldn't really call 11.1-RELEASE "current"...

> Older versions still had *.info.gz files in /usr/share/info,
> and I may construct the following assumption: Lots of info-based
> documentation was part of GCC, and as this has been obsoleted by
> CLang/LLVM (is that the correct spelling?), the GCC info files
> have been removed. Other GNU-based tools also were rewritten for
> FreeBSD, and removed, so _if_ there are no more info files in the
> base system, the removal of the corresponding reader program is
> understandable.

Yes, per above the info files in base were gone already in
11.1-RELEASE (maybe even in 11.0-RELEASE) - I don't have a later 11.x
to check, but I think it's unlikely that any of those have added info
files in base.


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