python doc available in emacs info format?

Xah Lee xahlee at
Mon Aug 17 06:43:48 CEST 2009

btw, is there still info format for python doc?

i feel kinda sad that emacs info format has pretty much been
deprecated over the past decade. About a decade ago, you still will
see now and then people asking for emacs info format of docs (was the
days of perl). Today, one don't hear of it.

Part of this is due to emacs cult problem. See:

• Emacs Modernization

• Emacs Should Adopt HTML To Replace Texinfo

• Language, Purity, Cult, and Deception



On Dec 11 2008, 6:56 am, Matthias <oron... at> wrote:
> Xah Lee <xah... at> writes:
> > in programing elisp in emacs, i can press “Ctrl+h f” to lookup
> > the doc for the function under cursor.   is there such facility
> > when coding in perl, python, php?
> Yes, try C-h S (or similarly <f1> S):
>      (info-lookup-symbol SYMBOL &optional MODE)  Display the
> definition of SYMBOL, as found in the relevant manual. When this
> command is called interactively, it reads SYMBOL from the
> minibuffer.
> Note that `the relevant manual' means an info file. With recent
> emacsen on an Ubuntu distro, python arrives with info files and
> everything is well configured. It also works with bash, latex, perl,
> scheme, elisp, awk, texinfo, makefile, libc, or any info file with an
> index.
> --
> Matthias

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