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.
whatis(1) 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 <email@example.com> maintains wtf and the acronym database; please send any suggestions to him. MirOS BSD #10-current February 11, 2016 1
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