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apropos(1)							    apropos(1)

NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     apropos - locate commands by keyword lookup

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     apropos keyword ...

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     apropos shows which manual	sections contain instances of any of the given
     keywords in their title.  Each word is considered separately, and,	case
     of	letters	is ignored.  Words that	are parts of other words are
     considered; thus, when looking for	compile, apropos will also find	all
     instances of compiler.  Try

	  apropos password


	  apropos editor

     If	the line starts	`name(section) ...' you	can do `man section name' to
     get the documentation for it.  Try	`apropos format' and then `man 3
     printf' to	get the	manual on the subroutine printf.

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

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]

     /usr/share/catman/whatis	   database

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     makewhatis(1M), man(1), whatis(1).

CAVEATS    [Toc]    [Back]

     apropos (man -k) requires that the	whatis database	be kept	up to date by
     running makewhatis(1M) after installing or	removing software from the
     system.  If the whatis database is	not kept up to date, apropos (man -k)
     will not find entries for new manual pages	and will erroneously refer to
     manual pages that no longer exist on the system.

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