Re: Efficiently finding information 'known' to exist "somewhere"
- Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:06:32 -0000 (UTC)
- From: Frank Miles <fpm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Efficiently finding information 'known' to exist "somewhere"
On Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:10:01 +0200, Richard Owlett wrote:
> I've had two instances recently. I've found the "immediately" needed
> information, but they are samples of more generic problems.
> 1. Today's problem was easily solved. I had seen a post discussing an
> application of the "tree" command. When I tried it, I got "command not
> found". In _this_ case it was easily solved by using Synaptic's search
> function -- there is a package named "tree".
> However that is not always the case. Some months ago I got a "command
> not found" message for a command that had a man page (do not recall the
> specific command). It turned out it was one utility command among many
> provided by a package with an unrelated name.
> Is there a general way to find such a package?
> 2. There are many commands whose man pages point to using the "info"
> command. I personally find that format more annoying than useful. I
> would prefer to access the TeXInfo formatted document and convert it
> locally to desired format - usually HTML.
> If the command is on my machine (i.e. GRUB), I can generally find the
> associated TeXInfo formatted file (usually concealed in a tarred or
> zipped file). How to search for all TeXInfo files on debian.org?
One built-in way with your example is simply:
man -k tree
(so ok, not exactly the info format)