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APROPOS(1)                  General Commands Manual                 APROPOS(1)



NAME
       apropos - locate commands by keyword lookup

SYNOPSIS
       apropos keyword...

DESCRIPTION
       apropos  displays  the  man  page  name,  section  number,  and a short
       description for each man page whose NAME line contains  keyword.   This
       information  is  contained  in  the /usr/man/whatis database created by
       catman(8).  If catman(8) was not run, or was run with  the  -n  option,
       apropos fails.  Each word is considered separately and the case of let-
       ters is ignored.  Words which are part of other words  are  considered;
       for example, when looking for `compile', apropos finds all instances of
       `compiler' also.

       apropos is actually just the -k option to the man(1) command.

       Try

              example% apropos password

       and

              example% apropos editor

       If the line starts `filename(section) ...'  you  can  do  `man  section
       filename' to display the man page for filename.  Try

              example% apropos format

       and then

              example% man 3s printf

       to get the manual page on the subroutine printf().

FILES
       /usr/man/whatis     data base

SEE ALSO
       man(1), whatis(1), catman(8)

DIAGNOSTICS
       /usr/man/whatis: No such file or directory
              This  database  does not exist.  catman(8) must be run to create
              it.



                                 June 5, 1986                       APROPOS(1)