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LOCATE(1) NetBSD General Commands Manual LOCATE(1)
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locate -- find files
locate [-d dbpath] pattern
locate searches a database for all pathnames which match the specified
pattern. The database is recomputed periodically, and contains the path-
names of all files which are publicly accessible.
Shell globbing and quoting characters (``*'', ``?'', ``\'', ``['' and
``]'') may be used in pattern, although they will have to be escaped from
the shell. Preceding any character with a backslash (``\'') eliminates
any special meaning which it may have. The matching differs in that no
characters must be matched explicitly, including slashes (``/'').
As a special case, a pattern containing no globbing characters (``foo'')
is matched as though it were ``*foo*''.
Sets the list of databases to search to dbpath which can name one
or more database files separated by ``:'', an empty component in
the list represents the default database. The environment variable
LOCATE_PATH has the same effect.
locate exits with a 0 if a match is found, and >0 if no match is found or
if another problem (such as a missing or corrupted database file) is
/var/db/locate.database Default database
find(1), fnmatch(3), locate.conf(5), weekly.conf(5), locate.updatedb(8)
Woods, James A., "Finding Files Fast", ;login, 8:1, pp. 8-10, 1983.
The locate command appeared in 4.4BSD.
NetBSD 5.1 April 19, 2004 NetBSD 5.1