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Old 10-12-2006, 04:21 AM   #1
IonMarais
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search command?


Hey there guys, I have a stupid question to ask u. I know that linux updates itself with updatedb at night. problem is I forgot the command to search for files.Maybe someone can remember that command?
 
Old 10-12-2006, 04:50 AM   #2
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Most people use find or locate
read the man pages for more info about these commands

-bhert

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Old 10-12-2006, 08:23 AM   #3
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"locate" is the one that uses the database that is updated by updatedb.

Note that updatedb only run every night if it is setup to do so using cron.

I seem to remember that "locate" is intended to find programs, and "find" is more general--not sure about this, however.
 
Old 10-12-2006, 01:21 PM   #4
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There are many ways to do it. The easiest is locate. YOu just type the file you need and it gives you the location. However if you need to look INSIDE the text of the file, you need different command (don't exactly remember which one :-) )
I preffer using MC (midnight commander) for searching
 
Old 10-13-2006, 02:26 AM   #5
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Thanks guys I appreciate it
 
Old 10-13-2006, 07:48 AM   #6
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IonMarais congracts for folder thing , I read this as the signature of some user but its really true
"The only stupid question is the one thats left unasked - so ask it"
 
Old 10-13-2006, 07:50 AM   #7
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you can use slocate aswell (which comes with modern distro releases i believe.

It's purpose is to be more secure than locate as i understand it. Somehow filtering search results aganst permissions and discarding those you don't have permission to view.
 
Old 10-13-2006, 07:59 AM   #8
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You could also use "grep" command in combination with a pipe

grep blabla | bin

e.g. searches for the binairy files with blabla in the name
 
  


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