units – conversion program

units [ –v ] [ file ]

Units converts quantities expressed in various standard scales to their equivalents in other scales. It works interactively in this fashion:
you have: inch
you want: cm
* 2.54
/ 0.393701

A quantity is specified as a multiplicative combination of units and floating point numbers. Operators have the following precedence:
+ –             add and subtract
* / x ÷           multiply and divide
catenation         multiply
² ³ ^            exponentiation
|               divide
( ... )            grouping

Most familiar units, abbreviations, and metric prefixes are recognized, together with a generous leavening of exotica and a few constants of nature including:
pi,π      ratio of circumference to diameter
c         speed of light
e         charge on an electron
g         acceleration of gravity
force     same as g
Avogadro's number
water     pressure head per unit height of water
au        astronomical unit

The pound is a unit of mass. Compound names are run together, e.g. lightyear. British units that differ from their US counterparts are prefixed thus: brgallon. Currency is denoted belgiumfranc, britainpound, etc.

The complete list of units can be found in /lib/units. A file argument to units specifies a file to be used instead of /lib/units. The –v flag causes units to print its entire database.

you have: 15 pounds force/in²
you want: atm
* 1.02069
/ .97973



Since units does only multiplicative scale changes, it can convert Kelvin to Rankine but not Centigrade to Fahrenheit.

Currency conversions are only as accurate as the last time someone updated the database.