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whatis


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   information.   If    the    line    starts
     `name(section) ...'  you can do `man -s section name' to get
     the documentation for it.   Try  `whatis ed'  and  then  you
     should do `man -s 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 /usr/share/man/windex database.  This  data-
     base  is  created  by  catman(1M). If this database does not
     exist, whatis will fail.

FILES
     /usr/share/man/windex           Table of contents  and  key-
                                     word database



ATTRIBUTES
     See attributes(5) for descriptions of the  following  attri-
     butes:

     ____________________________________________________________
    |       ATTRIBUTE TYPE        |       ATTRIBUTE VALUE       |
    |_____________________________|_____________________________|
    | Availability                | SUNWdoc                     |
    |_____________________________|_____________________________|
    | CSI                         | enabled                     |
    |_____________________________|_____________________________|


SEE ALSO
     apropos(1), man(1), catman(1M), attributes(5)










Man pages from Solaris 10 Update 8. See docs.sun.com and www.oracle.com for further documentation and Solaris information.
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