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that's what got me...i tried most of those things.
miked@linux:~> which updatedb
linux:/home/miked # which updatedb
linux:/home/miked # updatedb
bash: updatedb: command not found
linux:/home/miked # whereis updatedb
In SuSE 9.0 it was installed in /usr/bin by default, which should be in your path. If you can't find it with "which" then your path might be messed up...it's one of the basic parts of a Linux system, so it almost definately would have been installed.
You may want to do a search in YaST to see if it is installed. There is a security option setting on whether you want updatedb to run as root or as user nobody. Some people consider it a security risk to allow updatedb to run as root, which would enable locating files that normal users don't have access to.