Is there a Homebrew package (or other source) that installs a macOS (Ventura 13.3.1) version of info?

  • Please add which macOS version you are using.. May 12 at 8:25
  • To answer the question in the title rather than in the body, emacs has an info-reader built into it: type ctrl-H i. As far as I can tell, that includes by default the info files in $HOMEBREW_PREFIX/share/info. May 19 at 17:37

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Yes, brew supplies the texinfo package, so named for the official GNU project. The same package name is common across many of the popular packaging systems for macOS and Linux alike. (Other Un*xes are available ;-)

brew search info would have revealed it to you.

The brew version is the only one on my Ventura machine. Ventura doesn't ship /usr/bin/info it seems. Nothing in /usr/share/info either. This is probably due to texinfo now being licensed under GPL-3, though as always IANAL.

Further research based on https://opensource.apple.com/releases/ shows indeed that texinfo disappears between the release of macOS 12.5 and 13.0


macOS ships /usr/bin/info, along with the info files in /usr/share/info that go with the few GPL2 utilities Apple still ships.

At least as late as Monterey, it does. I do not have Ventura installed anywhere to be able to check if these are still included there.

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    Ventura doesn't ship /usr/bin/info it seems. The brew version is the only one on my Ventura machine. Nothing in /usr/share/info either. May 12 at 8:25
  • Hmm, texinfo now appears to be GPL-3. Not sure when that changed, but surely a contributing factor to the discussion. savannah.gnu.org/projects/texinfo May 12 at 8:29

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