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whereis is a command on Unix and Unix-like operating systems used to locate some special files of a command like the binary file, source and manual page files.


The whereis man page provides the following sample usage:

% # Find all files in /usr/bin which are not documented in /usr/man/man1 with source in /usr/src:
% cd /usr/bin
% whereis -u -M /usr/man/man1 -S /usr/src -f *


The Unix type command is similar, but it identifies aliases.

Modern versions of Microsoft Windows feature a similar command: where.[1]

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  1. ^ Bhardwaj, Pawan K. (2006). "Locating Files with the Where Command". How to Cheat at Windows System Administration Using Command Line Scripts. How to Cheat. Rockland, Massachusetts: Syngress. p. 207. ISBN 978-0-08-050826-9. Retrieved 2016-07-05. […] the Where command […] is equivalent to using the Search option in the Start menu.

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