Use whatis to display brief description of commands

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This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Linux commands: Part 5 - Working with commands

WriteBash - Use whatis to display a brief description of the commands. This article will help you know whatis command.

What is the whatis command used for?

It displays the name and a line described in the man page of the command to view.

Use whatis command

The structure of whatis commands is extremely simple.

danie@linuxmint ~ $ whatis [command]

We will see some examples below.

use-whatis-to-display-brief-description-of-commands Use whatis to display brief description of commands
Use the whatis command to display a description of some commands.

Tips: Most man pages are often difficult to read, it is almost a reference document, not a tutorials. So whatis command as a way to understand the meaning of the command faster and easier.


It is not easy to grasp the meaning of all commands in Linux.

For the commands you use often to work, that’s not really difficult. But what about the commands that you occasionally use?

Now the man or apropos or whatis commands will have its effect.

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