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texinfo 5.0 released

Item posted by Karl Berry <karl> on Sun 17 Feb 2013 02:56:23 PM UTC.

We have released version 5.0 of Texinfo, the GNU documentation format.

It's available via a mirror (xz is much smaller than gz,
but gz is available too just in case):

Or if automatic redirection fails, the list of mirrors is at:

Or if need be you can use the main GNU ftp server:

Or via rsync://; some mirrors also support rsync.

As you might imagine, there are numerous changes since the previous
release (4.13, over four long years ago).  By far the biggest change is
a complete reimplementation of makeinfo.  It is now much more flexible
but also, sadly, much slower, despite all our optimization efforts.  We
hope all the many improvements make the new version worthwhile for users

The full NEWS is available at

Please email bugs or suggestions to,
general discussion to
The Texinfo home page:

Special thanks to my colleagues Patrice Dumas (for creating the new makeinfo)
and Sergey Poznyakoff (for maintaining the standalone Info).

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