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BSD 2.11 - man page for apropos (bsd section 1)

APROPOS(1)						      General Commands Manual							APROPOS(1)

apropos - locate commands by keyword lookup
apropos keyword ...
Apropos shows which manual sections contain instances of any of the given keywords in their title. Each word is considered separately and case of letters is ignored. Words which are part of other words are considered; thus, when looking for compile, apropos will find all instances of `compiler' also. Try apropos password and apropos editor If the line starts `name(section) ...' you can do `man section name' to get the documentation for it. Try `apropos format' and then `man 3s printf' to get the manual on the subroutine printf. Apropos is actually just the -k option to the man(1) command.
/usr/man/whatis data base
man(1), whatis(1), catman(8)
William Joy 7th Edition June 5, 1986 APROPOS(1)
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