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WHATIS(1)		  BSD General Commands Manual		     WHATIS(1)

NAME
     whatis — describe what a command is

SYNOPSIS
     whatis [-M path] [-m path] command ...

DESCRIPTION
     Whatis looks up a given command and gives the header line from the manual
     page.  You can then use the man(1) command to get more information.

     The options are as follows:

     -M path	 Override the list of standard directories whatis searches for
		 its 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 path	 Augment the list of standard directories whatis searches for
		 its database named “whatis.db”.  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 option or the MANPATH envi‐
		 ronment variable are searched.

ENVIRONMENT
     MANPATH  The standard search path used by man(1) may be overridden by
	      specifying a path in the MANPATH environment variable.

FILES
     whatis.db	name of the whatis database

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

HISTORY
     The whatis command appeared in 3.0BSD.

4th Berkeley Distribution	 June 6, 1993	     4th Berkeley Distribution
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