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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for whatis (redhat section 1)

whatis(1)						      General Commands Manual							 whatis(1)

NAME
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/sbin/makewhatis.
SEE ALSO
apropos(1), man(1). Jan 5, 1991 whatis(1)