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update info/dir entries


ginstall-info [OPTION]... [INFO-FILE [DIR-FILE]]

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Add or remove entries in INFO-FILE from the Info directory DIR-FILE.



report what is being done.


delete existing entries for INFO-FILE from DIR-FILE; don’t insert any new entries.


the description of the entry is TEXT; used with the --name option to become synonymous with the --entry option.


specify file name of Info directory file; equivalent to using the DIR-FILE argument.


same as --test.


insert TEXT as an Info directory entry. TEXT is written as an Info menu item line followed

by zero or more extra lines starting with whitespace.

If you specify more than one entry, all are added. If you don’t specify any entries, they are determined

from information in the Info file itself.

When removing, TEXT specifies the entry to remove. TEXT is only removed as a last resort, if the entry as determined from the Info file is not present, and the basename of the Info file isn’t found either.


display this help and exit.


same as --dir-file=DIR/dir.


specify Info file to install in the directory; equivalent to using the INFO-FILE argument.


same as --entry=TEXT.


do not replace entries, or remove empty sections.


same as --name=TEXT.


the name of the entry is TEXT; used with --description to become synonymous with the --entry option.


do not format new entries in the DIR file.


suppress warnings.


put this file’s entries in all sections that match the regular expression R (ignoring case).


same as --delete.


only remove if the info file name matches exactly; suffixes such as .info and .gz are not ignored.


put entries in section SEC of the directory. If you specify more than one section, all the entries

are added in each of the sections.

If you don’t specify any sections, they are determined

from information in the Info file itself.

--section R SEC

equivalent to --regex=R --section=SEC --add-once.


suppress warnings.


suppress updating of DIR-FILE.


display version information and exit.


Copyright © 2008 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

reporting bugs

Email bug reports to bug-texinfo[:at:]gnu[:dot:]org, general questions and discussion to help-texinfo[:at:]gnu[:dot:]org. Texinfo home page:

see also

The full documentation for ginstall-info is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and ginstall-info programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info ginstall-info

should give you access to the complete manual.

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