NAME


look -- display lines beginning with a given string

SYNOPSIS


look [-bdf] [-t termchar] string [file ...]

DESCRIPTION


The look utility displays any lines in file which contain string as a prefix.

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.

The following options are available:

-b Use a binary search on the given word list. If you are ignoring case with -f or ignoring non-alphanumeric characters with -d, the file must be sorted in the same way. Please note that these options are the default if no filename is given. See sort(1) for more information on sorting files.

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

-f Ignore the case of alphabetic characters.

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

ENVIRONMENT


The LANG, LC_ALL and LC_CTYPE environment variables affect the execution of the look utility. Their effect is described in environ(7).

FILES


/usr/share/dict/words the dictionary

EXIT STATUS


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.

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.

look uses a linear search by default instead of a binary search, which is what most other implementations use by default.

SEE ALSO


grep(1), sort(1)

HISTORY


A look utility appeared in Version 7 AT&T UNIX.

BUGS


Lines are not compared according to the current locale's collating order. Input files must be sorted with LC_COLLATE set to 'C'.