It is me being stupid again
Hello Kalle and Marcus,
So sorry, I had texinfo installed in /usr/local/bin, a home made version. So it
was picking its version of install-info.
afile bpp chill g77 i386-gnu-gcc mco
bdepend bprof cigloo gcc.new install-info.whatisthis protoize
bigloo btags cigloo0.7 gcj jcf-dump texi2dvi
bigloo2.1b c++ cpp gcjh jv-scan texindex
bmake c++filt g++ gcov makeinfo unprotoize
root@hurd:/usr/local/bin# ./install-info.whatisthis --version
install-info (GNU texinfo) 4.0
Copyright (C) 1999 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
There is NO warranty. You may redistribute this software
under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
For more information about these matters, see the files named COPYING.
A quick rename fixed the "fault", and am back in business