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whatis(1)						      General Commands Manual							 whatis(1)

whatis - search the whatis database for complete words. SYNOPSIS
whatis keyword ... DESCRIPTION
whatis searches a set of database files containing short descriptions of system commands for keywords and displays the result on the stan- dard output. Only complete word matches are displayed. The whatis database is created using the command /usr/libexec/makewhatis. AUTHOR
John W. Eaton was the original author of man. Zeyd M. Ben-Halim released man 1.2, and Andries Brouwer followed up with versions 1.3 thru 1.5p. Federico Lucifredi <> is the current maintainer. SEE ALSO
apropos(1), man(1). September 19, 2005 whatis(1)

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whatis(1)							   User Commands							 whatis(1)

whatis - display a one-line summary about a keyword SYNOPSIS
whatis command... DESCRIPTION
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(section)... 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. FILES
/usr/share/man/windex Table of contents and keyword database ATTRIBUTES
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes: +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ | ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ |Availability |SUNWdoc | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ |CSI |Enabled | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ SEE ALSO
apropos(1), man(1), catman(1M), attributes(5) SunOS 5.11 14 Sep 1992 whatis(1)
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