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This document is a Mac OS X manual page. Manual pages are a command-line technology for providing documentation. You can view these manual pages locally using the man(1) command. These manual pages come from many different sources, and thus, have a variety of writing styles.

For more information about the manual page format, see the manual page for manpages(5).

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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