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APROPOS(1)                   BSD Reference Manual                   APROPOS(1)

NAME
     apropos - locate commands by keyword lookup

SYNOPSIS
     apropos [-M path] [-m path] keyword ...

DESCRIPTION
     Apropos shows which manual pages contain instances of any of the given
     keyword(s) in their title line.  Each word is considered separately and
     case of letters is ignored.  Words which are part of other words are con-
     sidered; when looking for ``compile'', apropos will also list all in-
     stances of ``compiler''.

     If the line output by apropos starts ``name(section) ...'' you can enter
     ``man section name'' to get its documentation.

     The options are as follows:

     -M    Override the list of standard directories apropos searches for a
           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    Augment the list of standard directories apropos searches for its
           database.  The supplied path must be a colon ``:'' separated list
           of directories.  These directories will be searched before the
           standard directories, or the directories supplied with the -M op-
           tion or the MANPATH environment variable.

ENVIRONMENT
     MANPATH  The standard search path used by man(1) may be overridden by
              specifying a path in the MANPATH environment variable.  The for-
              mat of the path is a colon ``:'' separated list of directories.

FILES
     whatis.db  name of the apropos database

SEE ALSO
     man(1),  whatis(1),  whereis(1)

HISTORY
     The apropos command appeared in 3.0BSD.

4.4BSD                           June 29, 1993                               1