I just grabbed csv from elpa (melpa) and, of course, the install buffer had the blurb about csv. I take it that blurb is an Info file somewhere? Or is it just a section of the csv.el comments? In other words, where can I access these usage instructions once I've installed csv?

Investigating, I did C-h v for Info-directory-list which I assume will give me a list of all the Info files' directories? This is what came up:

("/home/me/.emacs.d/elpa/auctex-12.1.0" "/home/me/.emacs.d/elpa/ebib-20180111.30" "/home/me/.emacs.d/elpa/ess-20180123.1313" "/home/me/.emacs.d/elpa/geiser-20171217.1353" "/home/me/.emacs.d/elpa/haskell-mode-20171022.26" "/home/me/.emacs.d/elpa/magit-90150116" "/home/me/.emacs.d/elpa/org-plus-contrib-20180122" "/home/me/.emacs.d/elpa/ivy-20180115.1555" "/home/me/.emacs.d/elpa/org-20180122" "/usr/local/share/info/" "/usr/share/info/" "/usr/local/share/info/")

It says this variable Info-directory-list is defined in info.el, but then where do these specific directory listings that appear in the list form above reside? They're not in my init.el.

  • (describe-variable 'Info-directory-list): Documentation: List of directories to search for Info documentation files. If nil, meaning not yet initialized, Info uses the environment variable INFOPATH to initialize it, or ‘Info-default-directory-list’ if there is no INFOPATH variable in the environment, or the concatenation of the two if INFOPATH ends with a ‘path-separator’. – Pedro Jan 31 '18 at 21:10
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    Unfortunately, it's increasingly common for packages not to include info files (including mine!). The blurb you see in the package-list is, I think, something submitted to the MELPA repository when the package is added. For packages like csv, that don't include help files, you can check the help for the mode, e.g., C-h f csv-mode, or try M-x find-library csv-mode and read the comments at the top of the file. – Tyler Jan 31 '18 at 21:19
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    Use M-x finder-commentary to read the Commentary of a Lisp file. You enter any file name suitable for passing to locate-library. – Drew Jan 31 '18 at 21:47
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    package.el adds the ones it found. The others look like default paths which emacs probably figures out as standard behaviour. – phils Jan 31 '18 at 23:06
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    In emacs 26 see C-h f debug-on-variable-change – phils Feb 1 '18 at 0:34

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