Searches for appropriate man pages. Same as "man -k". So, "apropos disk" will list man pages having "disk" in their description.
The "makewhatis" script has to be run before apropos will work. I bet very few people have every looked at the man page for it: it has a few possibly useful flags, including the abilty to control the format of the "apropos" display.
The "whatis.db" is just a simple text file: you'll find it in each */man directory.
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