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Re: Efficiently finding information 'known' to exist "somewhere"




On Wed 19 Apr 2017 at 08:59:18 (-0500), 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 you ever just want all the text in all the nodes for foo
as one continuous file, you can use

$ info --output=/dev/stdout --subnodes foo | less

(or wrap that up in a function).

> 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?

Cheers,
David.