WHATIS(1) General Commands Manual WHATIS(1)
whatis - display a one-line summary about a keyword
whatis looks up a given command and displays the header line from the
manual section. You can then run the man(1) command to get more infor-
mation. If the line starts `name(section) ...' you can do `man sec-
tion name' to get the documentation for it. Try `whatis ed' and then
you should do `man 1 ed' to get the manual page for ed(1).
whatis is actually just the -f option to the man(1) command.
whatis uses the whatis database. This database can be created using
the -w option of catman(8).
apropos(1), man(1), catman(8)
whatis uses the /usr/man/whatis database, which is created by cat-
9 September 1987 WHATIS(1)