BSD 2.11 - man page for units (bsd section 1)
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units - conversion program
Units converts quantities expressed in various standard scales to their equivalents in
other scales. It works interactively in this fashion:
You have: inch
You want: cm
A quantity is specified as a multiplicative combination of units optionally preceded by a
numeric multiplier. Powers are indicated by suffixed positive integers, division by the
You have: 15 pounds force/in2
You want: atm
Units only does multiplicative scale changes. Thus it can convert Kelvin to Rankine, but
not Centigrade to Fahrenheit. Most familiar units, abbreviations, and metric prefixes are
recognized, together with a generous leavening of exotica and a few constants of nature
pi ratio of circumference to diameter
c speed of light
e charge on an electron
g acceleration of gravity
force same as g
mole Avogadro's number
water pressure head per unit height of water
au astronomical unit
`Pound' is a unit of mass. Compound names are run together, e.g. `lightyear'. British
units that differ from their US counterparts are prefixed thus: `brgallon'. Currency is
denoted `belgiumfranc', `britainpound', ...
For a complete list of units, `cat /usr/share/misc/units'.
Don't base your financial plans on the currency conversions.
7th Edition October 22, 1996 UNITS(1)
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