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WHATIS(1)						      General Commands Manual							 WHATIS(1)

NAME
whatis - describe what a command is SYNOPSIS
whatis command ... DESCRIPTION
Whatis looks up a given command and gives the header line from the manual section. You can then run the man(1) command to get more infor- mation. If the line starts `name(section) ...' you can do `man section name' to get the documentation for it. Try `whatis ed' and then you should do `man 1 ed' to get the manual. Whatis is actually just the -f option to the man(1) command. FILES
/usr/man/whatis Data base SEE ALSO
man(1), catman(8) 4th Berkeley Distribution May 7, 1986 WHATIS(1)

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MAKEWHATIS(8)						      System Manager's Manual						     MAKEWHATIS(8)

NAME
makewhatis - Create the whatis database SYNOPSIS
makewhatis [-u] [-v] [-w] [-s sections ] [-c [catpath]] [manpath] DESCRIPTION
makewhatis reads all the manual pages contained in the given sections of manpath or the preformatted pages contained in the given sections of catpath. For each page, it writes a line in the whatis database; each line consists of the name of the page and a short description, separated by a dash. The description is extracted using the content of the NAME section of the manual page. Since other languages use a different term for the NAME section, makewhatis recognizes the equivalent terms in Czech, Italian, Finnish, French, German and Spanish. If no manpath argument is given, /usr/man is assumed by default. OPTIONS
-u Update database with new pages. -v Verbose output -w Use manpath obtained from `man --path` -s sections Looks in the sections of manpath or catpath. If the option is absent, its value is assumed to be '1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 n l' -c catpath The preformatted manual pages located in catpath are scanned. If the argument is not provided, it is assumed to be the first exist- ing directory between /usr/man/preformat and /usr/man. EXAMPLES
To rebuild only /usr/X11R6/man/whatis and /usr/local/man/whatis makewhatis /usr/X11R6/man /usr/local/man To rebuild all the databases, including those of the Finnish, French and Italian translations LANGUAGE=fi:fr:it makewhatis -w BUGS
makewhatis may not handle too well manual pages written with non-standard troff macros, such as the Tcl/Tk pages. makewhatis does not work on preformatted translations. SEE ALSO
apropos(1), man(1), whatis(1) 22 January 1999 MAKEWHATIS(8)
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