apropos

Hayek's Linux Manual

apropos searches man pages

Description

In addition to searching man pages you can use apropos to find commands for you. It lists to stdout manuals that match or are similar to the supplied argument

Useful Flags

  • -e
    • Exact matches only
  • -a
    • Give multiple keywords and only return results that match all words

Examples

 [hayek@localhost]$ apropos php
 phar (1)             - PHAR (PHP archive) command line tool
 phar.phar (1)        - PHAR (PHP archive) command line tool
 php (1)              - PHP Command Line Interface 'CLI'
 php-cgi (1)          - PHP Common Gateway Interface 'CGI' command
 phpize (1)           - prepare a PHP extension for compiling

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