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Terminal - Commands using whatis - 8 results
fileinfo() { RPMQF=$(rpm -qf $1); RPMQL=$(rpm -ql $RPMQF);echo "man page:";whatis $(basename $1); echo "Services:"; echo -e "$RPMQL\n"|grep -P "\.service";echo "Config files:";rpm -qc $RPMQF;echo "Provided by:" $RPMQF; }
2015-05-11 16:46:01
User: nnsense
Functions: basename echo grep rpm whatis
2

Many times I give the same commands in loop to find informations about a file. I use this as an alias to summarize that informations in a single command. Now with variables! :D

whatis $(compgen -c) | sort | less
2013-02-01 09:13:56
User: michelsberg
Functions: sort whatis
2

I like it sorted...

2> /dev/null was also needless, since our pipes already select stdin, only.

whatis $(compgen -c) 2>/dev/null | less
2013-02-01 00:03:33
User: bashrc
Functions: whatis
8

compgen -c finds everything in your path.

whatis /usr/bin/* 2> /dev/null | less
2013-01-31 22:25:30
User: michelsberg
Functions: whatis
3

Just realized how needless the 'ls' has been...

This version is also multilingual, since there is no need to grep for a special key word ("nothing"/"nichts"/"rien"/"nada"...). And it makes use of all the available horizontal space.

ls /usr/bin | xargs whatis | grep -v nothing | less
2010-01-26 12:59:47
User: michelsberg
Functions: grep ls whatis xargs
12

no loop, only one call of grep, scrollable ("less is more", more or less...)

for i in $(ls /usr/bin); do whatis $i | grep -v nothing; done | more
whatis [command-name]
2009-04-02 17:30:13
User: haivu
Functions: whatis
5

The whatis command displays a short description for the command you list on the command line. It is useful to quickly learn what a command does

ls -1 /bin | xargs -l1 whatis 2>/dev/null | grep -v "nothing appropriate"
2009-02-17 14:46:01
User: stinger
Functions: grep ls whatis xargs
4

Get simple description on each file from /bin dir, in list form, usefull for newbies.