describe what a command is
whatis command ...
whatis looks up the given commands in the
keyword database and displays the corresponding manual page name, section,
and a short description of each one. You can view a manual
(see the ``Examples'' section).
whatis is not case sensitive, but you must give the full name
of the command.
whatis sorts its output alphabetically by command name.
Local manual pages can be added to the keyword database by the
system administrator. See
for more details.
whatis tail displays a description of the tail
tail (C) - display the last part of a file
Enter man C tail to view the manual page for
whatis is not part of any currently supported standard;
it is an extension of AT&T System V provided by The
Santa Cruz Operation, Inc.
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SCO OpenServer Release 5.0.7 -- 11 February 2003