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Old 06-18-2010, 06:04 AM   #1
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Using locate.


GNU/linux 2.6, slackware 12.0

Hi:
I want to print, using locate, all the paths that contain the element /bin/ but only one instance of each one. If I issue 'locate /bin/' then I have many screens of text with, for example,
/usr/bin/foo1
/usr/bin/foo2
/home/me/bin/foo3
whereas I want to see only
/usr/bin/foo1
/home/bin/foo3

That is to say, if in two lines /bin/ appears with the same prefix (in the example above the prefixes would be /usr and /home/me) I only want to print the first line.

Can I pipe locate to grep to do this? I've mentioned locate because it does not scan the whole disk.
Thanks in advance.
 
Old 06-18-2010, 06:11 AM   #2
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Hi,

Not sure how to do this with locate (without multiple pipes), but find can.

find / -type d -name "bin"

This will also pick up the sbin directories, if those are not wanted/needed add: | grep -v "sbin"

Hope this helps.
 
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Old 06-18-2010, 06:18 AM   #3
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Unbelievable! It's a lot of time but I won't be doing this more than once. Thank you so much, druuna. Regards.
 
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You're welcome
 
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As stated, locate doesn't (atthe time) scan the disk - but locate also accepts regex. You an reduce the output mightily using that.
 
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Old 06-18-2010, 06:45 AM   #6
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Thank you, cyg00.
 
  


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