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I installed http://packages.ubuntu.com/zesty/emacs which includes Gnus, but there's no /usr/share/info/gnus.info.gz – am I forced to use the web wowser to read the fine manual, or is there some simple way to get the info file?

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According to the package database, you can find gnus.info.gz in emacs24-common-non-dfsg and /usr/share/info/emacs-25/gnus.info.gz, along with a lot of other info manuals.

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    Correct. Debian (and Ubuntu by derivation) package Gnu documentation in separate packages, as the Gnu documentation license conflicts with the Debian Free Software Guidelines. Usually these packages are in the non-free repo, and have the non-dfsg suffix on the package name. – Tyler Apr 20 '17 at 16:38

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