Emacs manual - how to install the full manual

Emacs - Installing the full Manual

Lubuntu 20.04.2 ships with the Emacs text editor but not the Manual for it. It has the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) file but not the full Manual. Consequently, if you type on the command line info emacs it tells you “no menu item ‘emacs’.”

To install the full manual go to the GNU Emacs website and get the manual from this page: https://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/manual/emacs.html Select the “Info document” option from the list of available formats. You will get a file called emacs.info.gz . Put it in /usr/share/info/emacs/ . Do not unzip it; the info reader expects to find it zipped.

Now if you type info emacs on the command line it will display the Emacs Manual, which you can navigate through using the regular info commands.


Thanks for contributing & sharing @ecosoc

I’ve slightly altered the format, and moved it to documentation so hopefully it’ll be easier for users to find. It’s also been converted to a wiki. Thanks :slight_smile:

If you’d like, or anyone would like to provide more hints or howtos to help other Lubuntu users, please share.


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