Can anyone help me with downgrading a texinfo package from version > 5 to 4.13? This version comes with ubuntu 13.04 or higher and I urgently need 4.13 version. I've found this .patch files but don't have any clue how to install/implement it.



  • I will recommend to check this question askubuntu.com/questions/138284/… – Nischay Jul 3 '14 at 10:24
  • It's not difficult to compile and install texinfo. Use configure with a --prefix. That's what I did after a bit of head-bashing-on-the-wall for compiling GCC. – muru Jul 3 '14 at 11:15
  • Yeah, I've already tried via apt-get, but no luck. I'll try configure.. – spaceman Jul 3 '14 at 13:57

The instructions for installing GNU Texinfo from the GNU Texinfo website worked for me on Ubuntu 14.04:

  1. Remove the current texinfo via apt-get (I'm not sure if this is required, but I did it just to be safe).

  2. Download the texinfo source:

    wget http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/texinfo/texinfo-4.13.tar.gz
  3. Extract the source files:

    gzip -dc < texinfo-4.13.tar.gz | tar -xf -
    cd texinfo-4.13
  4. Configure, build and install:

    sudo make install

On my computer I also had to install libncurses before I could successfully build texinfo.

  • IMO it's worth mentioning that texi2dvi doesn't seem to work on modern machines. At least i had an issue on my Ubuntu trusty. The problem is, that in that shell script local is used as a name for a function. Solution can be found here – Anticom Aug 2 '16 at 14:31

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