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LOCATE.CONF(5)						      BSD File Formats Manual						    LOCATE.CONF(5)

NAME
locate.conf -- locate database configuration file DESCRIPTION
The locate.conf file specifies the behavior of locate.updatedb(8), which creates the locate(1) database. The locate.conf file contains a list of newline separated records, each of which is composed of a keyword and arguments, which are separated by white space. Arguments with embedded shell metacharacters must be quoted in sh(1) style. Lines beginning with ``#'' are treated as com- ments and ignored. However, a ``#'' in the middle of a line does not start a comment. The configuration options are as follows: ignore pattern ... Ignore files or directories. When building the database, do not descend into files or directories which match one of the specified patterns. The matched files or directories are not stored to the database. Default: Not specified. ignorecontents pattern ... Ignore contents of directories. When building the database, do not descend into files or directories which match one of the speci- fied patterns. The matched files or directories themselves are stored to the database. Default: Not specified. ignorefs type ... Ignore file system by type, adding type to the default list. When building the database, do not descend into file systems which are of the specified type. The mount points are not stored to the database. If a ``!'' is prepended to type, the meaning is negated, that is, ignore file systems which do not have the type. As a special case, if ``none'' is specified for type, the ignorefs list is cleared and all file systems are traversed. type is used as an argument to find(1) -fstype. The sysctl(8) command can be used to find out the types of file systems that are available on the system: sysctl vfs.generic.fstypes Default: !local cd9660 fdesc kernfs procfs searchpath directory ... Specify base directories to be put in the database. Default: / workdir directory Specify the working directory of locate.updatedb, in which a temporary file is placed. The temporary file is a list of all files, and you should specify a directory that has enough space to hold it. Default: /tmp Refer to find(1) for the details of pattern (see -path expression) and type (see -fstype expression). FILES
/etc/locate.conf The file locate.conf resides in /etc. SEE ALSO
find(1), locate(1), locate.updatedb(8), sysctl(8) HISTORY
The locate.conf file format first appeared in NetBSD 2.0. AUTHORS
ITOH Yasufumi BSD
July 10, 2011 BSD

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UPDATEDB(1)                                                   General Commands Manual                                                  UPDATEDB(1)

NAME
updatedb - update a file name database SYNOPSIS
updatedb [options] DESCRIPTION
This manual page documents the GNU version of updatedb, which updates file name databases used by GNU locate. The file name databases con- tain lists of files that were in particular directory trees when the databases were last updated. The file name of the default database is determined when locate and updatedb are configured and installed. The frequency with which the databases are updated and the directories for which they contain entries depend on how often updatedb is run, and with which arguments. In networked environments, it often makes sense to build a database at the root of each filesystem, containing the entries for that filesystem. updatedb is then run for each filesystem on the fileserver where that filesystem is on a local disk, to prevent thrashing the network. Users can select which databases locate searches using an environment variable or command line option; see locate(1). Databases can not be concatenated together. The file name database format changed starting with GNU find and locate version 4.0 to allow machines with different byte orderings to share the databases. The new GNU locate can read both the old and new database formats. However, old versions of locate and find produce incorrect results if given a new-format database. OPTIONS
--findoptions='-option1 -option2...' Global options to pass on to find. The environment variable FINDOPTIONS also sets this value. Default is none. --localpaths='path1 path2...' Non-network directories to put in the database. Default is /. --netpaths='path1 path2...' Network (NFS, AFS, RFS, etc.) directories to put in the database. The environment variable NETPATHS also sets this value. Default is none. --prunepaths='path1 path2...' Directories to not put in the database, which would otherwise be. Remove any trailing slashes from the path names, otherwise updat- edb won't recognise the paths you want to omit (because it uses them as regular expression patterns). The environment variable PRUNEPATHS also sets this value. Default is /tmp /usr/tmp /var/tmp /afs. --prunefs='path...' File systems to not put in the database, which would otherwise be. Note that files are pruned when a file system is reached; any file system mounted under an undesired file system will be ignored. The environment variable PRUNEFS also sets this value. Default is nfs NFS proc. --output=dbfile The database file to build. Default is /var/lib/locatedb. --localuser=user The user to search non-network directories as, using su(1). Default is to search the non-network directories as the current user. You can also use the environment variable LOCALUSER to set this user. --netuser=user The user to search network directories as, using su(1). Default is nobody. You can also use the environment variable NETUSER to set this user. --old-format Create the database in the old format. This is a synonym for --dbformat=old. --dbformat=F Create the database in format F. The default format is called LOCATE02. F can be old to select the old database format (this is the same as specifying --old-format). Alternatively the slocate format is also supported. When the slocate format is in use, the database produced is marked as having security level 1. If you want to build a system-wide slocate database, you may want to run updatedb as root. --version Print the version number of updatedb and exit. --help Print a summary of the options to updatedb and exit. SEE ALSO
find(1), locate(1), locatedb(5), xargs(1) Finding Files (on-line in Info, or printed) BUGS
The updatedb program correctly handles filenames containing newlines, but only if the system's sort command has a working -z option. If you suspect that locate may need to return filenames containing newlines, consider using its --null option. The best way to report a bug is to use the form at http://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/?group=findutils. The reason for this is that you will then be able to track progress in fixing the problem. Other comments about updatedb(1) and about the findutils package in general can be sent to the bug-findutils mailing list. To join the list, send email to bug-findutils-request@gnu.org. UPDATEDB(1)
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