Emacs comes with a comprehensive manual. Access it through Info, either with the
info command in a shell window under GNU and Unix operating systems, or in Emacs, by typing
‘M-x info RET’ (that’s Meta- or ESC x, the word “info”, followed by the return key), or by typing
‘C-h i’ (that’s Control-h followed by i). Starting with Emacs 22, you can also read the manual with
The GNU Emacs manual is also available online from any GNU ftp mirror or from here:
You can link to the index entries in the manual using the Manual prefix. Command, Variable, and Concept index entries can be linked. If the entries contain punctuation or whitespace characters, you will need to put them in double square brackets:
You can also provide some context in parenthesis, after the link itself. If we’re linking to macros, for example, we are shown two alternatives. If we know that we want the Emacs List Preference link instead of the CC Mode link, we can provide some context:
The context provided just needs to match somewhere in the link or description of the particular entry you want to refer to.
The XEmacs manuals are also available online from here:
See EmacsManualLicense for some discussion about the manual’s license.
See EmacsManualFormats for discussion about the manual’s source markup language, output formats and usage.
If you get this error message:
Info-find-file: Info file emacs does not exist
then you need to install the emacsXX-common-non-dfsg package (in debian) – primewizard