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

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 information. 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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