WTF(1) BSD Reference Manual WTF(1)
wtf - translates acronyms for you
wtf [-adPpw] [-f dbfile] [is | ist] acronym ...
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 Search the package database or ports INDEX. Match in package name only. -t arg Ignored (for compatibility). -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 following non-ASCII characters are understood and translated to their upper-case equivalents or whose case does not matter; if your search con- tains any other Unicode characters above U+007E, you may need to upper- case the search term yourself. ä ö ü ß ñ á é í ó ç è
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.
whatis(1) https://www.mirbsd.org/wtf.htm - online acronym database query 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. The file must be sorted ASCIIbetically for the first column.
Thorsten Glaser <firstname.lastname@example.org> maintains wtf and the acronym database; please send any suggestions to him. MirOS BSD #10-current May 30, 2015 1
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