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    Command:

    locate

    
    
    
    

    SYNOPSIS

           locate [OPTION]... PATTERN...
    
    
    

    DESCRIPTION

           locate  reads  one or more databases prepared by updatedb(8) and writes
           file names matching at least one of the PATTERNs  to  standard  output,
           one per line.
    
           If  --regex is not specified, PATTERNs can contain globbing characters.
           If any PATTERN contains no globbing characters, locate  behaves  as  if
           the pattern were *PATTERN*.
    
           By default, locate does not check whether files found in database still
           exist.  locate can never report files created  after  the  most  recent
           update of the relevant database.
    
    
    

    EXIT STATUS

           locate  exits  with  status  0  if any match was found or if locate was
           invoked with one of the --limit 0, --help,  --statistics  or  --version
           options.   If  no  match  was  found  or a fatal error was encountered,
           locate exits with status 1.
    
           Errors encountered while reading a database are not fatal, search  con-
           tinues in other specified databases, if any.
    
    
    

    OPTIONS

           -b, --basename
                  Match  only  the base name against the specified patterns.  This
                  is the opposite of --wholename.
    
           -c, --count
                  Instead of writing file names on standard output, write the num-
                  ber of matching entries only.
    
           -d, --database DBPATH
                  Replace  the  default database with DBPATH.  DBPATH is a :-sepa-
                  rated list of database file names.  If more than one  --database
                  option  is  specified,  the resulting path is a concatenation of
                  the separate paths.
    
                  An empty database file name is replaced by the default database.
                  A  database file name - refers to the standard input.  Note that
                  a database can be read from the standard input only once.
    
           -e, --existing
                  Write a summary of the available options to standard output  and
                  exit successfully.
    
           -i, --ignore-case
                  Ignore case distinctions when matching patterns.
    
           -l, --limit, -n LIMIT
                  Exit  successfully  after finding LIMIT entries.  If the --count
                  option is specified, the resulting  count  is  also  limited  to
                  LIMIT.
    
           -m, --mmap
                  Ignored, for compatibility with BSD and GNU locate.
    
           -P, --nofollow, -H
                  When  checking  whether files exist (if the --existing option is
                  specified), do not follow trailing symbolic links.  This  causes
                  broken symbolic links to be reported like other files.
    
                  This is the opposite of --follow.
    
           -0, --null
                  Separate  the  entries  on  output using the ASCII NUL character
                  instead of writing each entry on a separate line.   This  option
                  is  designed  for interoperability with the --null option of GNU
                  xargs(1).
    
           -S, --statistics
                  Write statistics about each read  database  to  standard  output
                  instead of searching for files and exit successfully.
    
           -q, --quiet
                  Write  no  messages  about  errors encountered while reading and
                  processing databases.
    
           -r, --regexp REGEXP
                  Search for a basic regexp REGEXP.  No PATTERNs  are  allowed  if
                  this  option  is used, but this option can be specified multiple
                  times.
    
           --regex
                  Interpret all PATTERNs as extended regexps.
    
                  using --basename.
    
    
    

    EXAMPLES

           To search for a file named exactly NAME (not *NAME*), use
                  locate -b '\NAME'
           Because \ is a globbing character, this disables the implicit  replace-
           ment of NAME by *NAME*.
    
    
    

    FILES

           /var/lib/mlocate/mlocate.db
                  The database searched by default.
    
    
    

    ENVIRONMENT

           LOCATE_PATH
                  Path  to  additional databases, added after the default database
                  or the databases specified using the --database option.
    
    
    

    NOTES

           The order in which the requested databases are  processed  is  unspeci-
           fied,  which  allows  locate  to reorder the database path for security
           reasons.
    
           locate attempts to be compatible to slocate (without the  options  used
           for  creating  databases)  and  GNU locate, in that order.  This is the
           reason for the impractical default --follow option and for the  confus-
           ing set of --regex and --regexp options.
    
           The  short  spelling  of  the  -r option is incompatible to GNU locate,
           where it corresponds to the --regex option.  Use the long option  names
           to avoid confusion.
    
           The  LOCATE_PATH  environment variable replaces the default database in
           BSD and GNU locate, but it is added to other databases in  this  imple-
           mentation and slocate.
    
    
    

    AUTHOR

           Miloslav Trmac <mitr@redhat.com>
    
    
    

    SEE ALSO

           updatedb(8)
    
    
    

    mlocate Jul 2005 locate(1)

    
    
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