LOCATE(1)               NetBSD General Commands Manual               LOCATE(1)

NAME
     locate -- find files

SYNOPSIS
     locate [-d dbpath] pattern

DESCRIPTION
     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*''.

     Options:

     -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.

FILES
     /var/db/locate.database       Default database

EXIT STATUS
     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
     encountered.

SEE ALSO
     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.

HISTORY
     The locate command appeared in 4.4BSD.

NetBSD 6.0                      April 19, 2004                      NetBSD 6.0

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