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2003/11/18 locate

© November 2003 Tony Lawrence

Locate is not avaiable on all platforms, but where it is, you can use this to find files on your system. It doesn't have the flexibility or power of "find", but because it uses a precreated index, it is much faster.

You can give wildcards to locate:

locate '*.html'

If you don't use any wild card characters, locate assumes wild cards: "locate html" is taken as "locate '*html*'

Locate's index is built by a script that needs to run frequently (usually in cron).

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