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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

       apropos - search the manual page names and descriptions

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

       apropos [-dhV] [-e|-w|-r] [-m system[,...]] [-M path] keyword ...

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       Each  manual page has a short description available within it.  apropos
       searches the descriptions for instances of keyword.

       keyword is usually a regular expression, as if (-r) was	used,  or  may
       contain wildcards (-w) , or match the exact keyword (-e) .  Using these
       options, it may be necessary to quote the keyword  or  escape  (\)  the
       special characters to stop the shell from interpreting them.

       The  standard  matching rules allow matches to be made against the page
       name and word boundaries in the description.

OPTIONS    [Toc]    [Back]

       -d, --debug
	      Print debugging information.

       -r, --regex
	      Interpret each keyword as a regular  expression.	 This  is  the
	      default  behaviour.   Each  keyword  will be matched against the
	      page names and the descriptions independently.  It can match any
	      part of either.  The match is not limited to word boundaries.

       -w, --wildcard
	      Interpret each keyword as a pattern containing shell style wildcards.
  Each keyword will be matched against the page names  and
	      the  descriptions  independently.  A match will only be found if
	      an expanded keyword matches an entire description or page  name.

       -e, --exact
	      Each  keyword will be exactly matched against the page names and
	      the descriptions.

       -m system[,...], --systems=system[,...]
	      If this system has access to  other  operating  system's	manual
	      page  descriptions,  they can be searched using this option.  To
	      search NewOS's manual  page  descriptions,  use  the  option  -m

	      The  system  specified  can  be a combination of comma-delimited
	      operating system names.  To include a search of the native operating
  system's whatis descriptions, include the system name man
	      in the argument string.  This option will override  the  $SYSTEM
	      environment variable.

       -M path, --manpath=path
	      Specify  an alternate set of colon-delimited manual page hierarchies
 to search.	By default, apropos uses the $MANPATH environment
  variable,  unless  it  is empty or unset, in which case it
	      will determine an appropriate manpath based on your $PATH  environment
  variable.   This option overrides the contents of $MAN-

       -h, --help
	      Print a help message and exit.

       -V, --version
	      Display version and author information.

EXIT STATUS    [Toc]    [Back]

       0      Successful program execution.

       1      Usage, syntax or configuration file error.

       2      Operational error.

       16     Nothing was found that matched the criteria specified.

ENVIRONMENT    [Toc]    [Back]

       SYSTEM If $SYSTEM is set, it will have the same effect  as  if  it  had
	      been specified as the argument to the -m option.

       MANPATH    [Toc]    [Back]
	      If $MANPATH is set, its value is interpreted as the colon-delimited
 manual page hierarchy search path to use.

       POSIXLY_CORRECT    [Toc]    [Back]
	      If $POSIXLY_CORRECT is set, even to a null  value,  the  default
	      apropos  search  will  be as an extended regex (-r) .  Nowadays,
	      this is the default behaviour anyway.

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]

	      A traditional global index database cache.

	      An alternate or FHS compliant global index database cache.

	      A traditional whatis text database.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

       whatis(1), man(1).

AUTHOR    [Toc]    [Back]

       Wilf. (G.Wilford@ee.surrey.ac.uk).
       Fabrizio Polacco (fpolacco@debian.org).

2.3.20			       07 September 2001		    apropos(1)
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