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Pinfo is a hypertext info file viewer with a user interface similar to lynx. It is based on curses/ncurses, and can handle info pages as well as man pages. It also features regexp searching and user-defined colors/keys.

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  •  14 Sep 2013 02:09

    Release Notes: Fixes issue with handling of suspend/resume and character input. Move variable declarations to the start of a block to accommodate non-gcc compilers.

    •  16 Mar 2006 13:13

    Release Notes: Updated and added translations. Nodes containing a "." are now correctly found. Non-ASCII man pages are displayed correctly. The history behavior of the search input line has been improved. Broken tag tables are now automatically fixed. This release will not segfault when a broken regexp is entered. It fixes a number of segfaults and heap corruptions, a lot of path searching issues, text display on narrow terminals, highlighting of searches, and some memory leaks. It has better cooperation between ncurses and readline.

    •  15 Oct 2004 21:46

    Release Notes: New node detection algorithms for man and info files were provided. The search prompt now has a default item. A couple of minor bugfixes were made.

    •  11 May 2003 16:27

      No changes have been submitted for this release.

      •  04 Jun 2002 16:04

      No changes have been submitted for this release.

      RSS Recent comments

      12 May 2009 13:56 eflorac Thumbs up

      At last info documentation finally makes sense :)

      23 Dec 2005 20:48 chaoticthought

      Problem with bold text on man pages

      This looks like a great utility; It's a definite
      alternative to GNU info, but I'm having
      trouble with the man functionality:
      boldface text looks like this:


      It's like it's not interpreting the ANSI escape
      codes; I'm using the framebuffer console; not sure
      if that matters. Also, the color looks fine on
      hyperlinks and info pages.

      14 May 2004 15:17 LodeRunner Thumbs up

      It is also excellent to view manpages.

      In GoboLinux, we added a wrapper function so that man
      redirects to 'pinfo -m'. Yes, it's *that* good.

      Pinfo was one of the main inspirations for me to write
      htop (,
      which attempts to be for top what pinfo is to info (an
      improved, more interactive, replacement).

      18 Aug 2003 13:55 charliedontsurf Thumbs up

      thank you thank you thank you
      BTW, thank you. emacs/info blows. I couldn't agree more with all the previous coments. This is the first comment I've ever made on freshmeat. That's how happy this utility made me.

      02 Jan 2003 04:36 VadimC Thumbs up

      Re: Request

      > Very, very nice program. I definitely
      > recomend it to everybody. The only
      > feature I cannot seem to get is
      > copy/paste in X11

      Ok I figured it out. Turns out you have to press Shift-key while selecting with mouse


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