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15 May

Search Your Man Pages: apropos


You may or may not know this before, there is a utility named apropos, which enables you to search within you man pages installed on your system. Which is infact very usefull when you know what you are about to do, but no clue about with, and where.

For example:

$ apropos ethernet
ethers (5)           - Ethernet address to IP number database
ethtool (8)          - Display or change ethernet card settings
sk98lin (4)          - Marvell/SysKonnect Gigabit Ethernet driver v6.21

or;

$ man -k ethernet
ethers (5)           - Ethernet address to IP number database
ethtool (8)          - Display or change ethernet card settings
sk98lin (4)          - Marvell/SysKonnect Gigabit Ethernet driver v6.21

The real problem here is (for me at least), “apropos” is real hard word to remember itself and it’s a bit ironic when you think of its purpose. So I think, may be writing a post about it helps me to remember it better.


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2 Responses to “Search Your Man Pages: apropos”

  1. By Adriano on May 23, 2009 | Reply

    The name of the application “À propos” means “about” in french.

    Maybe you could use about as an alias.

  2. By Koray Kalmaz on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    man -K will also do a regex search on all man files in the system.

    It is always to re-read some back-to-basics material: “man man”

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