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which(1)                  BSD General Commands Manual                 which(1)


     which -- locate a program file in the user's path


     which [-as] program ...


     The which utility takes a list of command names and searches the path for
     each executable file that would be run had these commands actually been

     The following options are available:

     -a      List all instances of executables found (instead of just the
             first one of each).

     -s      No output, just return 0 if any of the executables are found, or
             1 if none are found.

     Some shells may provide a builtin which command which is similar or iden-
     tical to this utility.  Consult the builtin(1) manual page.


     builtin(1), csh(1), find(1), locate(1), whereis(1)


     The which command first appeared in FreeBSD 2.1.


     The which utility was originally written in Perl and was contributed by
     Wolfram Schneider <>.  The current version of which was
     rewritten in C by Daniel Papasian <>.

BSD                              June 21, 2002                             BSD

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