LOCATE.CONF(5)            NetBSD File Formats Manual            LOCATE.CONF(5)

NAME
     locate.conf -- locate database configuration file

DESCRIPTION
     The locate.conf file specifies the behavior of locate.updatedb(8), which
     creates the locate(1) database.

     The locate.conf file contains a list of newline separated records, each
     of which is composed of a keyword and arguments, which are separated by
     white space.  Arguments with embedded shell metacharacters must be quoted
     in sh(1) style.  Lines beginning with ``#'' are treated as comments and
     ignored.  However, a ``#'' in the middle of a line does not start a com-
     ment.

     The configuration options are as follows:

     ignore pattern ...
             Ignore files or directories.  When building the database, do not
             descend into files or directories which match one of the speci-
             fied patterns.  The matched files or directories are not stored
             to the database.

             Default: Not specified.

     ignorecontents pattern ...
             Ignore contents of directories.  When building the database, do
             not descend into files or directories which match one of the
             specified patterns.  The matched files or directories themselves
             are stored to the database.

             Default: Not specified.

     ignorefs type ...
             Ignore file system by type, adding type to the default list.
             When building the database, do not descend into file systems
             which are of the specified type.  The mount points are not stored
             to the database.  If a ``!'' is prepended to type, the meaning is
             negated, that is, ignore file systems which do not have the type.
             As a special case, if ``none'' is specified for type, the
             ignorefs list is cleared and all file systems are traversed.

             type is used as an argument to find(1) -fstype.  The sysctl(8)
             command can be used to find out the types of file systems that
             are available on the system:

                   sysctl vfs.generic.fstypes

             Default: !local cd9660 fdesc kernfs procfs

     searchpath directory ...
             Specify base directories to be put in the database.

             Default: /

     workdir directory
             Specify the working directory of locate.updatedb, in which a tem-
             porary file is placed.  The temporary file is a list of all
             files, and you should specify a directory that has enough space
             to hold it.

             Default: /tmp

     Refer to find(1) for the details of pattern (see -path expression) and
     type (see -fstype expression).

FILES
     /etc/locate.conf              The file locate.conf resides in /etc.

SEE ALSO
     find(1), locate(1), locate.updatedb(8), sysctl(8)

HISTORY
     The locate.conf file format first appeared in NetBSD 2.0.

AUTHORS
     ITOH Yasufumi

NetBSD 7.0                       July 10, 2011                      NetBSD 7.0

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