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whatis(1)                                                                                          whatis(1)

       whatis - search the whatis database for complete words.

       whatis keyword ...

       whatis searches a set of database files containing short descriptions of system commands for keywords
       and displays the result on the standard output.  Only complete word matches are displayed.

       The whatis database is created using the command /usr/libexec/makewhatis.

       John W. Eaton was the original author of man.  Zeyd  M.  Ben-Halim  released  man  1.2,  and  Andries
       Brouwer followed up with versions 1.3 thru 1.5p.  Federico Lucifredi <> is the cur-rent current
       rent maintainer.

       apropos(1), man(1).

                                             September 19, 2005                                    whatis(1)

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