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It's not necessary with the find command, as that performs actual directory traversal. You should have updatedb run automatically each day on most Linux systems (and Unix, for that matter, I'd think) and it's to keep the locate database in sync with filesystem reality. On my system, the db is /var/lib/slocate/slocate.db. But, if you've just added a lot of files and want to 'locate' them, then you'd need to manually updatedb before the scheduled job. Is that what you were asking?
Updatedb is mostly meant to find system files, that shouldn't change all that much except when you upgrade packages. It's usually run via the cron daemon once a day.
If you find yourself doing "updatedb && locate <whatever>" then it's time for you to learn to use "find".
The updatedb database is usually somewhere under /var/lib, but the concrete place depends on the implementation of locate that you use. There are several of them, like slocate and mlocate. So, as said above, check the man page. There's nothing obscure on it really.