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

WHEREIS(1)				       General Commands Manual					   WHEREIS(1)

NAME
whereis - locate the binary, source, and manual page files for a command
SYNOPSIS
whereis [ -bmsu ] [ -BMS directory... -f ] filename ...
DESCRIPTION
whereis locates source/binary and manuals sections for specified files. The supplied names are first stripped of leading pathname components and any (single) trailing extension of the form .ext, for example, .c. Pre- fixes of s. resulting from use of source code control are also dealt with. whereis then attempts to locate the desired program in a list of standard Linux places.
OPTIONS
-b Search only for binaries. -m Search only for manual sections. -s Search only for sources. -u Search for unusual entries. A file is said to be unusual if it does not have one entry of each requested type. Thus `whereis -m -u *' asks for those files in the current directory which have no documentation. -B Change or otherwise limit the places where whereis searches for binaries. -M Change or otherwise limit the places where whereis searches for manual sections. -S Change or otherwise limit the places where whereis searches for sources. -f Terminate the last directory list and signals the start of file names, and must be used when any of the -B, -M, or -S options are used.
EXAMPLE
Find all files in /usr/bin which are not documented in /usr/man/man1 with source in /usr/src: example% cd /usr/bin example% whereis -u -M /usr/man/man1 -S /usr/src -f *
FILES
/{bin,sbin,etc} /usr/{lib,bin,old,new,local,games,include,etc,src,man,sbin, X386,TeX,g++-include} /usr/local/{X386,TeX,X11,include,lib,man,etc,bin,games,emacs}
SEE ALSO
chdir(2V)
BUGS
Since whereis uses chdir(2V) to run faster, pathnames given with the -M, -S, or -B must be full; that is, they must begin with a `/'. whereis has a hard-coded path, so may not always find what you're looking for. 8 May 1994 WHEREIS(1)


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