Category: Linux Terminal
Added: 25th of July 2022
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The whatis command in Linux
If you want information about a package or command you can use the man command (Manual Pages).
You will find a manual page for almost every single package you installed in your Linux Distribution and Linux commands.
To display the manual page for the ls command enter the following in the terminal
is a new command I recently stumbled across. The whatis
command outputs a brief one line description of the package or command extracted from the manual page.
Enter the following command in the terminal
ls (1) - list directory contents
Here is another example using the whatis
lsb_release (1) - print distribution-specific information