WHAT(P) POSIX Programmer's Manual WHAT(P)
what - identify SCCS files (DEVELOPMENT)
what [-s] file...
The what utility shall search the given files for all occurrences of the pattern that get
(see get ) substitutes for the %Z% keyword ( "@(#)" ) and shall write to standard output
what follows until the first occurrence of one of the following:
" > newline \ NUL
The what utility shall conform to the Base Definitions volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001,
Section 12.2, Utility Syntax Guidelines.
The following option shall be supported:
-s Quit after finding the first occurrence of the pattern in each file.
The following operands shall be supported:
file A pathname of a file to search.
The input files shall be of any file type.
The following environment variables shall affect the execution of what:
LANG Provide a default value for the internationalization variables that are unset or
null. (See the Base Definitions volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, Section 8.2, Inter-
nationalization Variables for the precedence of internationalization variables used
to determine the values of locale categories.)
LC_ALL If set to a non-empty string value, override the values of all the other interna-
Determine the locale for the interpretation of sequences of bytes of text data as
characters (for example, single-byte as opposed to multi-byte characters in argu-
ments and input files).
Determine the locale that should be used to affect the format and contents of diag-
nostic messages written to standard error.
Determine the location of message catalogs for the processing of LC_MESSAGES .
The standard output shall consist of the following for each file operand:
"%s:\n\t%s\n", <pathname>, <identification string>
The standard error shall be used only for diagnostic messages.
The following exit values shall be returned:
0 Any matches were found.
CONSEQUENCES OF ERRORS
The following sections are informative.
The what utility is intended to be used in conjunction with the SCCS command get, which
automatically inserts identifying information, but it can also be used where the informa-
tion is inserted by any other means.
When the string "@(#)" is included in a library routine in a shared library, it might not
be found in an a.out file using that library routine.
If the C-language program in file f.c contains:
char ident = "@(#)identification information";
and f.c is compiled to yield f.o and a.out, then the command:
what f.c f.o a.out
Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form from IEEE Std
1003.1, 2003 Edition, Standard for Information Technology -- Portable Operating System
Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 6, Copyright (C) 2001-2003 by
the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group. In the
event of any discrepancy between this version and the original IEEE and The Open Group
Standard, the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard is the referee document. The orig-
inal Standard can be obtained online at http://www.opengroup.org/unix/online.html .
IEEE/The Open Group 2003 WHAT(P)