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translate Texinfo documents


makeinfo [OPTION]... TEXINFO-FILE...


Translate Texinfo source documentation to various other formats, by default Info files suitable for reading online with Emacs or standalone GNU Info.

This program is commonly installed as both `makeinfo' and `texi2any'; the behavior is identical, and does not depend on the installed name.

General options

--document-language=STR locale to use in translating Texinfo keywords

for the output document (default C).


quit after NUM errors (default 100).


preserve output even if errors.


display this help and exit.


suppress node cross-reference validation.


suppress warnings (but not errors).


search also for initialization files in DIR.


load FILE to modify the default behavior.

-c,  --set-customization-variable VAR=VAL

set customization variable VAR to value VAL.

-v,  --verbose

explain what is being done.


display version information and exit.

Output format selection (default is to produce Info)


output Docbook XML.


output HTML.


output EPUB 3.


output LaTeX.


output plain text rather than Info.


output Texinfo XML.

--dvi,  --dvipdf,  --ps,  --pdf

call texi2dvi to generate given output, after checking validity of TEXINFO-FILE.

General output options

-E,  --macro-expand=FILE

output macro-expanded source to FILE, ignoring any @setfilename.


suppress node separators, Node: lines, and menus from Info output (thus producing plain text) or from HTML (thus producing shorter output). Also, if producing Info, write to standard output by default.


suppress any splitting of the output; generate only one output file.


output chapter and sectioning numbers; default is on.

-o,  --output=DEST

output to DEST. With split output, create DEST as a directory and put the output files there. With non-split output, if DEST is already a directory or ends with a /, put the output file there. Otherwise, DEST names the output file.


do not output accented and special characters in Info and plain text output based on document encoding.


override --disable-encoding (default).

Options for Info and plain text


break Info lines at NUM columns (default 72).


output footnotes in Info according to STYLE: `separate' to put them in their own node; `end' to put them at the end of the node, in which they are defined (this is the default).


indent Info paragraphs by VAL spaces (default 3). If VAL is `none', do not indent; if VAL is `asis', preserve existing indentation.


split Info files at size NUM (default 300000).

Options for HTML


include FILE in HTML <style> output; read stdin if FILE is -.


generate CSS reference to URL.


produce list of internal links in FILE.


split at SPLIT, where SPLIT may be `chapter', `section' or `node'.


use file names in ASCII transliteration.


produce redirection files for nodes and anchors; default is set only if split.

Options for DVI/PS/PDF


pass OPT to texi2dvi; can be repeated.

Input file options


define the variable VAR, as with @set.


define VAR to VAL (one shell argument).


append DIR to the @include search path.


prepend DIR to the @include search path.


undefine the variable VAR, as with @clear.

Conditional processing in input


process @ifdocbook and @docbook even if not generating Docbook.


process @ifhtml and @html even if not generating HTML.


process @ifinfo even if not generating Info.


process @iflatex and @latex.


process @ifplaintext even if not generating plain text.


process @iftex and @tex.


process @ifxml and @xml.


do not process @ifdocbook and @docbook text.


do not process @ifhtml and @html text.


do not process @ifinfo text.


do not process @iflatex and @latex text.


do not process @ifplaintext text.


do not process @iftex and @tex text.


do not process @ifxml and @xml text.

Also, for the --no-ifFORMAT options, do process @ifnotFORMAT text.

The defaults for the @if... conditionals depend on the output format: if generating Docbook, --ifdocbook is on and the others are off; if generating HTML, --ifhtml is on and the others are off; if generating Info, --ifinfo is on and the others are off; if generating plain text, --ifplaintext is on and the others are off; if generating LaTeX, --iflatex is on and the others are off; if generating XML, --ifxml is on and the others are off.


makeinfo foo.texi

write Info to foo's @setfilename

makeinfo --html foo.texi

write HTML to @setfilename

makeinfo --xml foo.texi

write Texinfo XML to @setfilename

makeinfo --docbook foo.texi

write Docbook XML to @setfilename

makeinfo --plaintext foo.texi

write plain text to standard output

makeinfo --pdf foo.texi

write PDF using texi2dvi

makeinfo --html --no-headers foo.texi

write html without node lines, menus

makeinfo --number-sections foo.texi

write Info with numbered sections

makeinfo --no-split foo.texi

write one Info file however big

Reporting Bugs

Email bug reports to bug-texinfo@gnu.org, general questions and discussion to help-texinfo@gnu.org.
Texinfo home page: http://www.gnu.org/software/texinfo/

See Also

The full documentation for texi2any is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If the info and texi2any programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info texi2any

should give you access to the complete manual.

Referenced By

db2x_texixml(1), info(5), latex2man(1), texinfo(5).

The man page texi2any(1) is an alias of makeinfo(1).

October 2023 GNU texinfo 7.1