look

LOOK(1)                     General Commands Manual                    LOOK(1)



NAME
       look - find lines in a sorted list

SYNOPSIS
       look [ -dfnixtc ] [ string ] [ file ]

DESCRIPTION
       Look consults a sorted file and prints all lines that begin with
       string.  It uses binary search.

       The following options are recognized.  Options dfnt affect comparisons
       as in sort(1).

       -i     Interactive.  There is no string argument; instead look takes
              lines from the standard input as strings to be looked up.

       -x     Exact.  Print only lines of the file whose key matches string
              exactly.

       -d     `Directory' order: only letters, digits, tabs and blanks
              participate in comparisons.

       -f     Fold.  Upper case letters compare equal to lower case.

       -n     Numeric comparison with initial string of digits, optional minus
              sign, and optional decimal point.

       -t[c]  Character c terminates the sort key in the file.  By default,
              tab terminates the key.  If c is missing the entire line
              comprises the key.

       If no file is specified, /lib/words is assumed, with collating sequence
       df.

FILES
       /lib/words

SOURCE
       /src/cmd/look.c

SEE ALSO
       sort(1), grep(1)

DIAGNOSTICS
       The exit status is ``not found'' if no match is found, and ``no
       dictionary'' if file or the default dictionary cannot be opened.



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