I have run the command info bash in my Terminal and it opened bash.info file in the terminal editor.

What type of editor am I seeing here. Is it emacs, vim, something else?

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    info by default starts in emacs mode, which is not the same thing as starting emacs. But what is the core problem you are trying to solve here?
    – nohillside
    Jul 23, 2019 at 12:44
  • I want to find out which editor it is so that I can learn more about how to use that particular editor (like Emacs in this case) Jul 23, 2019 at 12:58
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    info is not an editor it is its own reader which happens to support keystrokes that are the same as emacs.
    – mmmmmm
    Jul 23, 2019 at 13:04
  • use :q to quit the info Jul 24, 2019 at 7:39

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What you started not an editor but the program info. You can press ? to learn about the key shortcuts available. As info is the GNU documentation tool of choice it's probably no surprise that these key shortcuts closely resemble the ones used by emacs proper.

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