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units - converts between different systems of units

GNU 'units' program converts quantities expressed in various scales to their equivalents in other scales. The 'units' program can only handle multiplicative scale changes directly. It uses a functional notation for nonlinear conversions such a Fahrenheit temperature to Celsius temperature.

Andre L. sent in this great write up on the ever useful units command:
Suppose you know that somebody's private rocket got to a maximum height of 328491 feet and you want to know what that means in sane units. Here is a transcript of using units(1), first from the command line and then interactively, to discover this is the same as 100,124.06 meters:

$ units '328491ft' 'm'
        * 100124.06
        / 9.9876097e-06
$ units -v '328491 ft' 'm'
        328491 ft = 100124.06 m
        328491 ft = (1 / 9.9876097e-06) m
$ units
2084 units, 71 prefixes, 32 nonlinear units

You have: 328491ft
You want: m
        * 100124.06
        / 9.9876097e-06

The program can be used almost anytime you need to convert between different units. Here are some more examples:

$ units 'tempF(100)' 'tempC'
$ units 'furlong'
        Definition: 40 rod = 201.1684 m
$ units 'furlong/fortnight'
        Definition: 0.00016630986 m / s
$ units -v '1 cup sugar' 'grams'
        1 cup sugar = 200 grams
        1 cup sugar = (1 / 0.005) grams
$ units -v 'brgallon' 'usgallon'
        brgallon = 1.2009499 usgallon
        brgallon = (1 / 0.83267418) usgallon
$ units -v 'usgallon' 'cm^3'
        usgallon = 3785.4118 cm^3
        usgallon = (1 / 0.00026417205) cm^3

Further instructions are available in the man page and info file.


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Keep sending in these great writeups like Andre did!
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