Table of Contents

Name

look - display lines beginning with a given string

Synopsis

look [-dfa] [-t termchar] string [file]

Description

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

If file is not specified, the file /usr/share/dict/words is used, only alphanumeric characters are compared and the case of alphabetic characters is ignored.

Options:

-d
Dictionary character set and order, i.e. only alphanumeric characters are compared.

-f
Ignore the case of alphabetic characters.

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

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

The look utility exits 0 if one or more lines were found and displayed, 1 if no lines were found, and >1 if an error occurred.

Files

/usr/share/dict/words the dictionary

/usr/share/dict/web2
the alternate dictionary

See Also

grep(1) , sort(1)

Compatibility

The original manual page stated that tabs and blank characters participated in comparisons when the -d option was specified. This was incorrect and the current man page matches the historic implementation.

History

Look appeared in Version 7 AT&T Unix.


Table of Contents