does linux have a "did you mean......" component for the command line like Google?

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at
Fri Nov 16 13:04:16 UTC 2007

On Fri, 16 Nov 2007 13:41:39 +0100
Lea Gris <lea.gris at> wrote:

> John Toliver a écrit :
> > You know how when you type something that may be misspelled and Google 
> > comes back with "Did you mean this?" spelling properly what you were 
> > trying to search for.  Can I install a package that lets me get to the 
> > command I am looking for even  if I happen to mis a letter? For example 
> > smbpaswd vs. smbpasswd.  Big difference when trying to get the system to 
> > play nice in a windows network.
> Something like this?
> Hello, I am Tuxey !
> It appear you are writing something in a terminal.
> Wouldn't you mean:
> 1) sudo shutdown -h now
> 2) sudo rm -fr /
> 3) sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=`fgrep -m1 / /etc/mtab | awk '{ print $1 }'`
> ?
> [ok]  [continue]  [nevermind] [[*Proceed with (3)*]]

I assume the code for that is GPL, and comes with the usual disclaimer:

# This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
# WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of

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