Manual browser: locate(1)
|LOCATE(1)||General Commands Manual||LOCATE(1)|
NAMElocate — find files
|locate||[-d dbpath] pattern|
DESCRIPTIONlocate searches a database for all pathnames which match the specified pattern. The database is recomputed periodically, and contains the pathnames 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*''.
- -d dbpath
- 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.
- Default database
EXIT STATUSlocate 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 encountered.
SEE ALSOfind(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.
HISTORYThe locate command appeared in 4.4BSD.
|April 19, 2004||NetBSD 7.0|