DESCRIBE(1)                Commands and Applications               DESCRIBE(1)




NAME

       describe - show information about a program


SYNOPSIS

       describe [ -hvV ] program


DESCRIPTION

       This manual page documents describe version 1.0.7.

       describe will show current information about program.  This information
       includes:

            The name of the program;
            The program version number;
            The shell the program was written for;
            The author (or the person currently maintaining the program);
            Contact information for the author;
            Where the utility should be installed;
            An FTP site from which the program may be obtained, and;
            A brief description of the program.


       describe uses a database compiled by descc(8).


OPTIONS

       -h   Show usage information.

       -v   Verbose debugging mode.

       -V   Show version information.


FILES

       /usr/lib/describe.db
              The system describe database. If the environment variable DESCDB
              is set, its value will be used instead.


ENVIRONMENT

       DESCDB Full path to the system describe database. If DESCDB is set, its
              value   is   used    instead    of    the    default    location
              /usr/lib/describe.db.


AUTHOR

       James Brookes <jamesb@ecst.csuchico.edu>.


SEE ALSO

       apropos(1), man(1), whatis(1), descc(8), descu(8).



GNO                             6 February 1998                    DESCRIBE(1)

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