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Old 07-16-2006, 05:40 PM   #1
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Newbie needs search feature

I know this question is kinda dumb, but how do I search my hard drive for a specific file?

I know the file I want, but I have no idea where it happens to be located and I can't find a search feature on this distro.

I'm using Xubuntu (Ubuntu with XFCE DE).

Probably something simple I can type into the terminal, but none of the 3 forums I visit, nor google, produced any results.
Old 07-16-2006, 05:44 PM   #2
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The easiest is probably:

locate file

you might need to run:


as root first.

There are many other ways but that's the quickest and simplest in your case I imagine.

Old 07-16-2006, 07:52 PM   #3
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find / -name 'filename.ext'
find is handy in the way that finding a $100 bill on the street would be handy. It has options galore and can be as simple as you want (above example) or as complicated as you want. Magic stuff IMO
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