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whatis

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NAME

whatis - Describes a command's function  

SYNOPSIS

whatis [-M pathname] keyword...

The whatis command looks up a keyword, which may be a command, system call, library function, or special filename and displays the NAME line from the reference page. You can then issue the man command to display additional information.
 

OPTIONS

Specifies an alternative search path. The search path is a list of directories, separated by : (colons), in which whatis expects to find the standard manual subdirectories. (For more information, see the man command.)
 

DESCRIPTION

The whatis command is equivalent to the man command with the -f option.
 

EXAMPLES

To find out what function the ls command performs, enter: whatis ls


 

FILES

Keyword database. Creates the whatis keyword database. Used by mkwhatis to extract keywords from the manuals.
 

SEE ALSO

Commands:  apropos(1), man(1), catman(8)


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
OPTIONS
DESCRIPTION
EXAMPLES
FILES
SEE ALSO

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