2.3. Getting information


Display a brief summary of the commands listed here.

:names [pattern...]

List names that match any of the listed patterns and are defined in any of the currently loaded modules. Patterns resemble filename patterns: * matches any substring, ? matches any character, [chars] matches any of chars, with char-char standing for a range of characters, and \char matches char.

If no patterns are given, all names defined in any of the currently loaded modules are listed.

:info [name]

Describe the named objects. Qualified names may be used for objects defined or imported in any loaded module other than the current one.

If no arguments are given, the names of all currently loaded files are printed.

:browse [all] [module...]

List names exported by the specified modules (which must already be loaded). If "all" is given, list all names in scope inside the modules. If no modules are given, it describes the current module.


Print the version of the Hugs interpreter. Major releases of Hugs are identified by a month and year:

Hugs> :version
-- Hugs Version November 2003
Development snapshots are identified by a date in YYYYMMDD form.