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Old 09-12-2011, 12:51 PM   #1
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Locate Does Not Work


I saved my file as antennaproposal.doc but when I use the command "locate antenna" or "locate antennaproposal" I cannot find my file. Why?
 
Old 09-12-2011, 12:55 PM   #2
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The locate command depends on a database of files on the disk. You must run the updatedb command to update the database before it will show any new files.
 
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Old 09-16-2011, 01:07 AM   #3
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c@c-laptop:~/bash_folder$ updatedb

updatedb: can not open a temporary file for `/var/lib/mlocate/mlocate.db'


Something is wrong...
 
Old 09-16-2011, 01:09 AM   #4
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Run updatedb as root. Since you're in Ubuntu that would be:

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sudo updatedb
Edit: Updatedb has a record of all files on the hard drive, many of which normal users don't have access to, so it has to be executed with root privileges.
 
Old 09-16-2011, 01:26 AM   #5
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See if there is a /var/lib/mlocate/tmp/ directory. If so what are the permissions? Maybe you need to run updatedb as root.

The updatedb program is usually run daily in the wee hours.

Another thing to check is if your disks are low on space. That could prevent creating a temporary file in /tmp/ or /var/tmp/.
 
Old 09-16-2011, 07:42 AM   #6
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Help! something is wrong!

c@c-laptop:/var/lib/mlocate$ cd tmp
bash: cd: tmp: No such file or directory


err.. sudo updatedb works but it takes an awful long time.
 
Old 09-16-2011, 08:15 AM   #7
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Help! something is wrong!

c@c-laptop:/var/lib/mlocate$ cd tmp
bash: cd: tmp: No such file or directory


err.. sudo updatedb works but it takes an awful long time.
No problem, Hitmen. I don't have /var/lib/mlocate/tmp either. The only file or folder in /var/lib/mlocate/ is mlocate.db
It's normal for it to take a long time if this is the first time you did it or if you haven't undated it for a long time. Not to worry.
ciao,
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