I am looking for "An Introduction to Programming in Emacs Lisp", by Bob Chassell.

I can find two Info files on my Spacemacs:

SPC SPC emacs-index-search
SPC SPC elisp-index-search

Does Spacemacs come with any other Info files? How would I find them?

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From any info buffer, type d to return to the main directory. You should see many manuals -- including Emacs Lisp Intro, which is the one you're looking for. Alternatively, g (eintr) will take you to it directly.

M-x info or C-hi will land you on the directory node by default, if you weren't already reading something specific.


Those are probably inside the emacs info path, check this link out for more details


But basically, emacs uses either an environment variable INFOPATH (you can check this one using echo $INFOPATH in the terminal) or, if the first isn't defined, a variable named Info-default-directory-list in emacs. You can check the latter typing it in any buffer and pressing C-x C-e with the cursor after it. The folder will show up in the small message box in the bottom of the emacs window.

Mine is /usr/share/info, but I'm not sure if this changes in other distros.

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    Found the book at /usr/share/info/eintr.info.gz. To open an info file, use the usual info invocation with a prefix argument: SPC u C-h i /usr/share/info/eintr.info.gz
    – wolfv
    Mar 16, 2019 at 5:51
  • Although this answers the original question exactly, I ended up using phil's answer. And I can only accept one answer :-)
    – wolfv
    Mar 16, 2019 at 15:37

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