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Re: Fwd: INFO issues [partially SOLVED]
- From: Ken Brown <kbrown at cornell dot edu>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Thu, 05 Sep 2013 10:58:17 -0400
- Subject: Re: Fwd: INFO issues [partially SOLVED]
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On 9/5/2013 7:03 AM, Thiers Botelho wrote:
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On Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 5:18 PM, <cygwin-digest-help AT cygwin DOT com> wrote:
From: Ken Brown <kbrown AT cornell DOT edu>
To: cygwin AT cygwin DOT com
Date: Mon, 02 Sep 2013 20:29:27 -0400
Subject: Re: Fwd: INFO issues
On 9/2/2013 11:36 AM, Thiers Botelho wrote:
I'm a new user of CygWin and a former user of some Linux distros.
I'm having the following issue with the 'info' command:
info: dir: No such file or directory
I did some searches, but really... searching stuff where 'info' is the
keyword is bound to, and DOES, return a lot of useless 'info'...
I've searched the CygWin mailing list; what I've got is the
not-so-clear suspicion that I need to 'install' something. Here are
the closest leads I've got - they're 13 years old:
### this guy had the same issue I'm having.
### then this guy suggested running some kind of hand-made script (not
really meaningful to me) around the install-info command (which indeed
exists in my CygWin folder)
### and this other guy suggested using command 'gen-dir-node' (which I
didn't find in my CygWin build).
So what I'd like to know is, are there any clear instructions
somewhere about how to make the 'info' command work properly under
There's a postinstall script called 'update-info-dir.sh' which is supposed to get run automatically by setup.exe to create the info directory. If this didn't happen for some reason, you can run it manually. (Look for it in /etc/postinstall.) In case you don't have it, here are the contents:
rm -f /usr/info/dir.info /usr/share/info/dir.info /usr/info/dir /usr/share/info/dir
for d in /usr/info /usr/share/info; do
for f in $d/*; do
case "$f" in
install-info --quiet $f /usr/share/info/dir ||
install-info --quiet --entry="* $f ($f): $f" $f /usr/share/info/dir
done >/dev/null 2>&1
Thx a lot Ken - that did it. INFO command now works properly !
And now that begs a follow-up question...
After some digging around about how the post-install scripts work in
CygWin, and doing some complementary testing, it seems that, every
time that CygWin Setup runs, the script will be run once and then
renamed with a '.done' suffix. So that, if I want the script to run
every time that Setup runs, I have to remember to manually rename it
back to '.sh' after each setup run, which is, erm, sub-optimal.
Any ideas about getting around this repeated manual renaming ???
There's no need for manual renaming except when something goes wrong.
In general, update-info-dir.sh should get run whenever it's needed.
There's a bug that's currently preventing this from happening; cgf has
stated that he's working on it:
Problem reports: http://cygwin.com/problems.html
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