If this is better as an Ubuntu question, I'll direct it there. Anyway, as a diehard emacs/AucTeX user I'm used to opening up latex-info (which uses GNU texinfo) for quick confirmation or reminder on the correct syntax of a command. However, it doesn't seem to be installed with my current texlive, nor can I find an Ubuntu package which contains it. I can find latex-info on CTAN, but it doesn't seem to be installed on my system. I suppose I could install it manually, but that would mean fiddling with info "dir" files. Is there a package which includes latex-info, or is there another version of latex docs on my system? (I do have preview-latex docs as info files, but not latex itself.)

  • Is that the same as texdoc latex2e brings up? texdoc will find the manual of any package, by the way, so for example texdoc memoir will give you memman.pdf. – Torbjørn T. Aug 21 '13 at 7:35
  • No, texdoc seems to open up pdf files on my system. I did end up downloading the latex-info files from CTAN, but they are in fact very old (1992!). Newer, and possibly better information, is contained at giss.nasa.gov/tools/latex the files of which can be downloaded for local use (such as when you're offline). – Alasdair Aug 21 '13 at 8:03
  • Ah yes, texdoc does open up PDFs. Sorry, I should have mentioned that above. I meant to ask if it was the same information, in which case it could be an alternative, even if it is a little less convenient. – Torbjørn T. Aug 21 '13 at 8:07

The files you're looking for, from ctan, are really old - 1993. So not surprising that they aren't being packaged for Ubuntu. A more recent alternative is latexrefman. This isn't packaged for Ubuntu either, but you can download the .info files for manual installation.

Note that you shouldn't edit the dir files by hand - that's what install-info is for. I maintain my own personal info directory in ~/.emacs.d/my-info. Set this up in your .emacs with the following:

(add-to-list 'Info-default-directory-list

You also have to create the directory, of course. The put the info file you want (in this case latex2e.info) in that directory, and from the command line call:

install-info latex2e.info dir

and you should be all set.


The package texlive-full should have everything tex related, but texdoc is in texlive-base. Furthermore, you can search for filenames in packages using apt-file.

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