I recently switched to Doom Emacs and went to find the "Emacs Lisp Intro Manual", and it's not in there. Is there a way to add it? Or, am I just looking in the wrong place?

  • emacs.stackexchange.com/tags/elisp/info
    – Drew
    Jun 3, 2022 at 16:53
  • What Elisp tutorial? Do you mean the Elisp manual? Info is for manuals, not tutorials. Your question isn't very clear, so far.
    – Drew
    Jun 3, 2022 at 16:55
  • This document references a manual. I should be able to do something like C-h i m Emacs Lisp Intro to find it, but it's not there. The document I referenced feels more like a tutorial than a manual.
    – sergio_101
    Jun 3, 2022 at 17:16
  • It's called a manual. If it doesn't show up in your Info list of manuals then please edit your question so say that that's the problem. Normally that manual's included with an Emacs build.
    – Drew
    Jun 3, 2022 at 17:56
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    C-h i m Emacs Lisp Intro should work if the manual is installed on your system, so that suggests that the manual is not installed. How did you install Emacs and what OS/distro are you using?
    – NickD
    Jun 3, 2022 at 18:13

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Using my psychic debugging hat I will guess that you are using Ubuntu or another Linux distribution based on Debian. Debian is infamous for declaring that the Emacs manuals are not Free and therefore cannot be installed by default. To install them, enable the non-free repository and install the emacs-common-non-dfsg package.

Opinions differ about whether the documentation is Free or not, but I think that Debian’s reasoning is pretty dumb. Or at least overly legalistic.

  • ah.. yes, this is Doom Emacs running on MacOS..
    – sergio_101
    Jun 6, 2022 at 21:05

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