I am not able to access many info files. For example, the command (info "(gnus) Sorting the Summary Buffer") returns

Info file gnus does not exist

So I want to install/configure my info files directory. I am using emacs 24.5.1 on Archlinux.

According to this post I should have my info files located under export INFOPATH=$INFOPATH:/usr/share/info/emacs-24. But it does not load my info files, and the directory /usr/share/info/emacs-24 does not exist. I notice, however, that I have numerous *.info.gz files under, such as the following:


The complete file listing is listed here: https://www.archlinux.org/packages/extra/i686/emacs/files/ which includes many more *.info.gz files under /usr/share/info/. How can I make these files accessible to my emacs distro? Should I make the directory /usr/share/info/emacs-24 and unzip the files in there? Or is there an elpa package that I am missing?

Any help would be great.


Interestingly, if I run M-x dired RET /usr/share/gnus.info.gz, then I can open the info manual. But how can I execute a function like (info "(gnus) Sorting the Summary Buffer")?

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Reviewing the variables Info-directory-list and Info-default-directory-list was very helpful. It turns out that I needed to add export INFOPATH=$INFOPATH:/usr/share/info to my ~/.bashrc, reboot my pc, and it works!

Apparently Info-directory-list is created when emacs boots with the contents of INFOPATH, but I needed to restart my pc to get INFOPATH readable by emacs. C-h v Info-directory-list was very helpful in learning more about this issue.

Update: a logout/login would probably have been sufficient over a full reboot.

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