LOCATE(1) BSD General Commands Manual LOCATE(1)
locate -- find files
locate [-d dbpath] pattern
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
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*''.
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.
/var/db/locate.database Default database
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.
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.
The locate command appeared in 4.4BSD.
BSD April 19, 2004 BSD