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LOOK(1)                   BSD General Commands Manual                  LOOK(1)

NAME
     look(1,8,3 Search::Dict) -- display lines beginning with a given string(3,n)

SYNOPSIS
     look(1,8,3 Search::Dict) [-dfa] [-t termchar] string(3,n) [file(1,n)]

DESCRIPTION
     The look(1,8,3 Search::Dict) utility displays any lines in(1,8) file(1,n) which contain string(3,n) as a
     prefix.  As look(1,8,3 Search::Dict) performs a binary search, the lines in(1,8) file(1,n) must be
     sorted (where sort(1,3)(1) got the same options -d and/or -f that look(1,8,3 Search::Dict) is
     invoked with).

     If file(1,n) is not specified, the file(1,n) /usr/share/dict/words is used, only
     alphanumeric characters are compared and the case of alphabetic charac-
     ters is ignored.

     Options:

     -d      Dictionary character set(7,n,1 builtins) and order, i.e. only alphanumeric char-
             acters are compared.

     -f      Ignore the case of alphabetic characters.

     -a      Use the alternate dictionary /usr/share/dict/web2

     -t      Specify a string(3,n) termination character, i.e. only the characters
             in(1,8) string(3,n) up to and including the first occurrence of termchar
             are compared.

     The look(1,8,3 Search::Dict) utility exits 0 if(3,n) one or more lines were found and displayed, 1
     if(3,n) no lines were found, and >1 if(3,n) an error(8,n) occurred.

FILES
     /usr/share/dict/words  the dictionary
     /usr/share/dict/web2   the alternate dictionary

SEE ALSO
     grep(1), sort(1,3)(1)

COMPATIBILITY
     The original manual page stated that tabs and blank characters partici-
     pated in(1,8) comparisons when the -d option was specified.  This was incor-
     rect and the current man(1,5,7) page matches the historic implementation.

HISTORY
     Look appeared in(1,8) Version 7 AT&T Unix.

BSD                              June 14, 1993                             BSD

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