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RocketLink!--> Man page versions: OpenBSD NetBSD RedHat

WHATIS(1)                  OpenBSD Reference Manual                  WHATIS(1)

     whatis - describe what a command is

     whatis [-M path] [-m path] command [...]

     whatis looks up a given command and gives the header line from the manual
     page.  You can then use the man(1) command to get more information.

     The options are as follows:

     -M path     Override the list of standard directories whatis searches for
                 its database named ``whatis.db''. The supplied path must be a
                 colon ``:'' separated list of directories.  This search path
                 may also be set using the environment variable MANPATH.

     -m path     Augment the list of standard directories whatis searches for
                 its database named ``whatis.db''. The supplied path must be a
                 colon ``:'' separated list of directories.  These directories
                 will be searched before the standard directories or the di-
                 rectories supplied with the -M option or the MANPATH environ-
                 ment variable are searched.

     MANPATH  The standard search path used by man(1) may be overridden by
              specifying a path in the MANPATH environment variable.

     whatis.db  name of the whatis database

     apropos(1),  man(1),  whereis(1),  which(1)

     The whatis command appeared in 3.0BSD.

OpenBSD 2.6                      June 6, 1993                                1

Source: OpenBSD 2.6 man pages. Copyright: Portions are copyrighted by BERKELEY
SOFTWARE DESIGN, INC., The Regents of the University of California, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, Free Software Foundation, FreeBSD Inc., and others.

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