Command: whatis

  Displays descriptions of programs based on the Appinfo (.LSM) 
  files.
  Use APROPOS to find programs that are apropriate for the given
  subject.
  Use WHATIS with a program name to get a one line description of that
  program.
  Use WHATIS without a program name to get a one line description of
  all the external programs and utilities in your FreeDOS installation.
  Internal commands (commands of command.com) are not displayed.

Syntax:

  APROPOS [options] subject
          Find commands related to the given subject
  WHATIS [options] [command]
          Displays a one-line description of the given command.
          If no command is specified, all commands and their 
          one-line descriptions are listed
  WHATIS  /B [options]
          Rebuilds the whatis database for use with WHATIS and APROPOS

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Options:

  /S [path]  non-default path to the lsm appinfo files
  /D [path]  non-default path for whatis database location
  /?         Shows the help

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Comments:

  This are FreeDOS clones of the Linux commands "apropos and whatis"
  APROPOS and WHATIS base their help on the lsm files stored in the 
  APPINFO directory.
  The first time it is run, APROPOS / WHATIS builds a database and stores 
  it in the help directory in the FreeDOS installation. This database can 
  be recreated by using:
    WHATIS /B

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Examples:

  apropos edit  will display a list of editors
  apropos disk  will display a list of disk utilities
  whatis edit   will display a short information about edit
  whatis        will display a short information about the DOS commands

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See also:

  fasthelp
  fdhelp
  help
  How to use the Help
  htmlhelp
  whatis

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File:

  Please read this command's lsm file also.
  You will find the updated version (internet) here and
  the version described in this manual page here.
  The lsm file contains information about the name of the programmer,
  the download site, and some other command related information.

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  Copyright © 2003 Robert Platt, updated 2007 by W. Spiegl.

  This file is derived from the FreeDOS Spec Command HOWTO.
  See the file H2Cpying for copying conditions.