On Ubuntu 17.10, installing Emacs via $sudo apt install emacs and then trying to view the Emacs manual using C-h r fails with error "Info file emacs does not exist" The same set of instructions on Ubuntu 16.04 works and one ends up with a local copy of the GNU emacs manual. Did the documentation get delegated to another package or is missing on purpose? Thanks

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The Emacs documentation is in the package emacs25-common-non-dfsg.

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    Why the packages would do that? Why doesn't the package name is at least something like emacs-manuals or emacs-info-manuals? Mar 2, 2018 at 12:05
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    Ouch. GFDL (GNU Free Documentation License) is not compatible with DFSG (Debian Free Software Guidelines). Mar 2, 2018 at 12:11

The Emacs documentation has moved to the package emacs-common-non-dfsg.

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