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Old 12-18-2003, 05:28 AM   #1
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Hi !!

I read the man pages for loacte command,but I didnt understand what this command does .

can someone explain please.

Old 12-18-2003, 05:34 AM   #2
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With locate you can find a file in your file system. It works with a database that (on most distributions) is updated automatically once a day.

The alternative is the 'find' command, but that is much slower, since it searches through the entire file system.

Old 12-18-2003, 05:36 AM   #3
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'locate -u' creates an index, or database, of all the files on your system. You don't generally have to do this though, as it's set up to run once a day on most systems. An exception might be if you've just installed a lot of software, then you might want to run it (as root).

'locate <filename>' uses that index to tell you where the file called <filename> is.

In fact, at least on my system, locate is a symbolic link to another program called 'slocate'. Which means that when you call locate, you're really calling slocate. This program does exactly the same thing except that if a user is not allowed to see a particular file or directory, it will bear this in mind when doing a search.



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