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Old 05-03-2010, 09:37 PM   #1
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Unhappy question about whereis command


i use whereis command to find some file. but it seems not work.
for example: i have a file named abc.v and it's in ~/main/ directory. i'm now in ~/ , and i input the command and get the result as below:

$whereis abc.v

what happened? nothing can i know from the message. am i right in using this command.

1/the abc.v is created on the linux server for months. so it should be updated to the database, if it has a such database.
2/i also use the command "locate". and the result is:

$locate abc.v
warning: locate: could not open database: /var/lib/slocate/slocate.db: No such file or directory
warning: You need to run the 'updatedb' command (as root) to create the database.
Please have a look at /etc/updatedb.conf to enable the daily cron job.

i'm not root user. so i can't use locate or whereis commands forever on this server?

thanks for the person can help me
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Hi, welcome to LQ!

whereis is there to locate system packages, not user files.

If locate isn't working talk to the root user. Alternatively use find.

Old 05-03-2010, 09:54 PM   #3
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thanks Tink! thank you for your quick response


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