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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for locate (netbsd section 1)

LOCATE(1)			   BSD General Commands Manual				LOCATE(1)

NAME
     locate -- find files

SYNOPSIS
     locate [-d dbpath] pattern

DESCRIPTION
     locate searches a database for all pathnames which match the specified pattern.  The data-
     base is recomputed periodically, and contains the pathnames of all files which are publicly
     accessible.

     Shell globbing and quoting characters (``*'', ``?'', ``\'', ``['' and ``]'') may be used in
     pattern, although they will have to be escaped from the shell.  Preceding any character with
     a backslash (``\'') eliminates any special meaning which it may have.  The matching differs
     in that no characters must be matched explicitly, including slashes (``/'').

     As a special case, a pattern containing no globbing characters (``foo'') is matched as
     though it were ``*foo*''.

     Options:

     -d dbpath
	   Sets the list of databases to search to dbpath which can name one or more database
	   files separated by ``:'', an empty component in the list represents the default data-
	   base.  The environment variable LOCATE_PATH has the same effect.

FILES
     /var/db/locate.database	   Default database

EXIT STATUS
     locate exits with a 0 if a match is found, and >0 if no match is found or if another problem
     (such as a missing or corrupted database file) is encountered.

SEE ALSO
     find(1), fnmatch(3), locate.conf(5), weekly.conf(5), locate.updatedb(8)

     Woods, James A., "Finding Files Fast", ;login, 8:1, pp. 8-10, 1983.

HISTORY
     The locate command appeared in 4.4BSD.

BSD					  April 19, 2004				      BSD


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