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apropos(1)				  User Commands 			       apropos(1)

NAME
       apropos - locate commands by keyword lookup

SYNOPSIS
       apropos keyword...

DESCRIPTION
       The  apropos  utility  displays the man page name, section number, and a short description
       for each man page whose NAME line contains keyword. This information is contained  in  the
       /usr/share/man/windex  database	created  by catman(1M). If catman(1M) was not run, or was
       run with the -n option, apropos fails. Each word is considered separately and the case  of
       letters	is ignored. Words which are part of other words are considered; for example, when
       looking for `compile', apropos finds all instances of `compiler' also.

       apropos is actually just the -k option to the man(1) command.

EXAMPLES
       Example 1 To find a man page whose NAME line contains a keyword

       Try

	 example% apropos password

       and

	 example% apropos editor

       If the line starts `filename(section) ...' you can run

	 man -s section filename

       to display the man page for filename.

       Example 2 To find the man page for the subroutine printf()

       Try

	 example% apropos format

       and then

	 example% man -s 3s printf

       to get the manual page on the subroutine printf().

FILES
       /usr/share/man/windex	 table of contents and keyword database

ATTRIBUTES
       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |      ATTRIBUTE TYPE	     |	    ATTRIBUTE VALUE	   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |Availability		     |SUNWdoc			   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |CSI			     |Enabled			   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+

SEE ALSO
       man(1), whatis(1), catman(1M), attributes(5)

DIAGNOSTICS
       /usr/share/man/windex: No such file or directory

	   This database does not exist. catman(1M) must be run to create it.

SunOS 5.11				   20 Dec 1996				       apropos(1)
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