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This might be more of a Cygwin than Latex question, but I don't know. Is there a convenient way to find and open the documentation for Latex packages within Cygwin? The only way I could think of is to do a Windows search all of my Cywin install directory for pdfs, but I figure there must be a better way. Is there?

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    If you use the TUG texlive cygwin build (which is what I use) rather than the tex in the cygwin repository you can use texdoc longtable to get the (excellent!) longtable documentation. similarly any other package. – David Carlisle Jun 4 '15 at 19:46
  • actually cygwin default tex may have texdoc in one of the extra packages I didn't check, but I don't have it in /usr/bin only in my texlive 2014 and 2015 installations – David Carlisle Jun 4 '15 at 19:55
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As mentioned in the comments, texdoc is the way. The binary is included in our cygwin builds, as one can check in the svn repo http://tug.org/svn/texlive/trunk/Master/bin/i386-cygwin/

texdoc works practically out of the box, just call it with a package name or file name and in most cases will find documentation.

If you need more help with it, call texdox texdoc

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The search function in the Cygwin package manager doesn't find texdoc, so I bit the bullet and installed everying under publishing (i.e. Latex related) along with with all that bloat. Somewhere within all that jetsam and flotsam was the nugget I needed, namely texdoc.

After editing the texdoc config file and installing xpdf, It worked!

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