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WHATIS(1) General Commands Manual WHATIS(1) NAME whatis -- describe what a command is SYNOPSIS whatis command ... DESCRIPTION The whatis program queries the apropos database built by makemandb(8). It searches for manual pages with name command and outputs name of the matching manual pages along with the section and the brief description from the NAME section. FILES /etc/man.conf The location of the Sqlite FTS database can be configured using the _mandb tag. SEE ALSO apropos(1), makemandb(8) HISTORY The whatis command appeared in 3.0BSD. It was rewritten in NetBSD 6.0 to use the SQLite index created by makemandb(8). NetBSD 7.1.2 October 5, 2012 NetBSD 7.1.2