searching commands to use with “keyword”

August 4th, 2006 mysurface Posted in apropos, Common | Hits: 12652 | 1 Comment »

Sometimes you want to do something but you do not know what command to use, and also you are not sure whether the command exist. Instead of try out random command yourself by trying man , you can use apropos

apropos translate

#outputs:

apropos translate
ctangle (1)          - translate CWEB to C and/or TeX
cweave (1)           - translate CWEB to C and/or TeX
cweb (1)             - translate CWEB to C and/or TeX
dcgettext (3)        - translate message
dcngettext (3)       - translate message and choose plural form
dgettext (3)         - translate message
dmp (1)              - translate Troff output to low-level MetaPost input
dngettext (3)        - translate message and choose plural form
dvitype (1)          - translate a dvi file for humans
editcap (1)          - Edit and/or translate the format of capture files
find2perl (1)        - translate find command lines to Perl code
gettext (1)          - translate message
gettext (3)          - translate message
gftype (1)           - translate a generic font file for humans to read
makeinfo (1)         - translate Texinfo documents
mft (1)              - translate Metafont code to TeX code for prettyprinting
mk_modmap (8)        - translate a Linux keytable file into an xmodmap file
ngettext (1)         - translate message and choose plural form
ngettext (3)         - translate message and choose plural form
objcopy (1)          - copy and translate object files
odvitype (1)         - translate a dvi file for humans
otangle (1)          - translate WEB to Pascal
pktype (1)           - verify and translate a packed font bitmap file to plain text
pl2pm (1)            - Rough tool to translate Perl4 .pl files to Perl5 .pm modules.
tangle (1)           - translate WEB to Pascal
Tcl_FSGetTranslatedPath (3tcl) - procedures to interact with any filesystem
Tcl_FSGetTranslatedStringPath (3tcl) - procedures to interact with any filesystem
Tcl_TranslateFileName (3tcl) - convert file name to native form and replace tilde with home directory
tr (1)               - translate or delete characters
weave (1)            - translate WEB to TeX
xml2po (1)           - program to create a PO-template file from a DocBook XML file and merge it back into a (translated) XML file
XML::Perl2SAX (3pm)  - - translate Perl SAX methods to Java/CORBA style methods
XML::SAX2Perl (3pm)  - - translate Java/CORBA style SAX methods to Perl methods
XTranslateCoordinates (3) - translate window coordinates
XtTranslateCoords (3) - translate widget coordinates
XtTranslateKeycode (3) - convert KeySym to KeyCodes

the numbers in blacket indicate manual number. For example to check out the manual of ngettext (3), you can

man 3 ngettext

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