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WHATIS(1)                   General Commands Manual                  WHATIS(1)



NAME
       whatis - display a one-line summary about a keyword

SYNOPSIS
       whatis command...

DESCRIPTION
       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).

FILES
       /usr/[share]/man/whatis
                           data base

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

NOTES
       whatis uses the /usr/man/whatis database,  which  is  created  by  cat-
       man(8).



                               9 September 1987                      WHATIS(1)