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Manual Reference Pages  -  WHATIS (1)

NAME

apropos, whatis - keyword search whatis documentation databases

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Description
Environment
Diagnostics
See Also

SYNOPSIS

apropos [-d] keyword ... whatis [-d] keyword ...

DESCRIPTION

The apropos utility searches a set of databases looking for documentation matching each keyword and displays the results. The whatis utility does the same search but only on complete words.
-d Print extra debugging information.

The keyword is simply passed to grep(1) allowing for extended regular expression matches.

ENVIRONMENT

The following environment variables affect the execution of apropos:
MANLOCALES, MANPATH, PATH
  Used to find the location of the whatis database files. See manpath(1) for additional information.
PAGER Program used to display files. If unset, more -s is used.

DIAGNOSTICS

The apropos utility exits 0 if a keyword matched and 1 if no keywords are matched or no whatis databases are found.

SEE ALSO

grep(1), makewhatis(1), man(1), manpath(1), man.conf(5)
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