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whatis(1)				  User Commands 				whatis(1)

       whatis - display a one-line summary about a keyword

       whatis command...

       whatis  looks up a given command and displays the header line from the manual section. You
       can then run the man(1) command to get more information.  If  the  line	starts	name(sec-
       tion)... you can do man -ssection name to get the documentation for it.	Try whatis ed and
       then you should do man -s 1 ed to get the manual page for ed(1).

       whatis is actually just the -f option to the man(1) command.

       whatis uses the /usr/share/man/windex database.	This database is created  by  catman(1M).
       If this database does not exist, whatis will fail.

       /usr/share/man/windex	Table of contents and keyword database

       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |      ATTRIBUTE TYPE	     |	    ATTRIBUTE VALUE	   |
       |Availability		     |SUNWdoc			   |
       |CSI			     |Enabled			   |

       apropos(1), man(1), catman(1M), attributes(5)

SunOS 5.11				   14 Sep 1992					whatis(1)
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