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Advanced Info Commands
`g', `s', `1', - `9', and `e'
If you know a node's name, you can go there by typing `g', the name,
and RET. Thus, `gTopRET' would go to the node called `Top' in this
file (its directory node). `gExpertRET' would come back here.
Unlike `m', `g' does not allow the use of abbreviations.
To go to a node in another file, you can include the filename in the
node name by putting it at the front, in parentheses. Thus,
`g(dir)TopRET' would go to the Info Directory node, which is node `Top'
in the file `dir'.
The node name `*' specifies the whole file. So you can look at all
of the current file by typing `g*RET' or all of any other file with
The `s' command allows you to search a whole file for a string. It
switches to the next node if and when that is necessary. You type `s'
followed by the string to search for, terminated by RET. To search for
the same string again, just `s' followed by RET will do. The file's
nodes are scanned in the order they are in in the file, which has no
necessary relationship to the order that they may be in in the tree
structure of menus and `next' pointers. But normally the two orders
are not very different. In any case, you can always do a `b' to find
out what node you have reached, if the header is not visible (this can
happen, because `s' puts your cursor at the occurrence of the string,
not at the beginning of the node).
If you grudge the system each character of type-in it requires, you
might like to use the commands `1', `2', `3', `4', ... `9'. They are
short for the `m' command together with an argument. `1' goes through
the first item in the current node's menu; `2' goes through the second
If you display supports multiple fonts, and you are using Emacs' Info
mode to read Info files, the `*' for the fifth menu item is underlines,
and so is the `*' for the ninth item; these underlines make it easy to
see at a glance which number to use for an item.
On ordinary terminals, you won't have underlining. If you need to
actually count items, it is better to use `m' instead, and specify the
The Info command `e' changes from Info mode to an ordinary Emacs
editing mode, so that you can edit the text of the current node. Type
`C-c C-c' to switch back to Info. The `e' command is allowed only if
the variable `Info-enable-edit' is non-`nil'.
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