MirOS Manual: wtf(1)

WTF(1)                       BSD Reference Manual                       WTF(1)


     wtf - translates acronyms for you


     wtf [-adPpw] [-f dbfile] [is | ist] acronym ...
     wtf -V


     The wtf utility displays the expansion of the acronyms specified on the
     command line. The following places are searched:

     -a      Search the acronym database (default).

     -d      Search the dictionary. Needs a dict client installed.

     -f dbfile
             Overrides the default acronym database, bypassing the value of
             the ACRONYMDB variable.

     -P      Search the package database or ports INDEX. Match in package name
             and description.

     -p      Same as -p, except match in package name only.

     -t arg  Ignored (for compatibility).

     -V      Display the version of wtf and the acronyms database.

     -w      Search with whatis.

     To disable an option, prefix it with a plus sign ('+') instead of a dash.

     If any of the -adPpw options are given (set or unset), no other or de-
     fault options are enabled.

     If "is" is specified on the command line, it will be ignored, allowing
     the fairly natural wtf is WTF and, for German users, wtf ist n8 usage.

     The search term is translated to upper case for lookup, but besides the
     26 latin letters [a-z], the only Unicode characters mapped are listed in
     the first line of the acronyms database. Furthermore, all dots will be
     stripped from the search term if it contains, after upper-casing, an
     ASCII letter [A-Z] followed by a dot ('.').


     ACRONYMDB  The default acronym database may be overridden by setting the
                environment variable ACRONYMDB to the name of a file in the
                proper format (acronym[tab]meaning).


     /usr/share/misc/acronyms  default acronym database
     /usr/bin/dict             default search path for dictionary client
     /usr/local/bin/dict       standard search path for dictionary client
     /usr/mpkg/bin/dict        extended search path for dictionary client
     /usr/ports/INDEX          default ports index file on BSD.



     https://www.mirbsd.org/wtf.htm - online acronym database query

     https://github.com/Natureshadow/MirWTFApp - Android implementation

     https://www.mirbsd.org/acronyms - live updated acronym database

     https://github.com/othyro/wtfubar - another fork of NetBSD's acronyms


     wtf first appeared in NetBSD 1.5. It then was ported to MirOS #0, actual-
     ly being the very reason for MirOS to exist. Initially, wtf only
     translated acronyms; functionality to look up the meaning of terms in
     other sources was added later. Option processing was added in MirOS #11.


     The acronym database is a line-based file consisting of the upper-cased
     (see above) search term, an ASCII HT character, and the definition. All
     lines without a HT (tab) character are considered comment lines. The file
     must be sorted ASCIIbetically for the first column. The list of addition-
     al lower/upper-case pairs (separated by spaces) must be on the first
     line, with two leading spaces (so it sorts first).


     mirabilos <m@mirbsd.org> maintains wtf and the acronym database; please
     send any suggestions to him.

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