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Hi All
I am doing a locate <file_name> on my Redhat 7 System. I am unable to get the output. All the keep getting is:
locate: this is not a vlaid slocate database: /var/lib/locate/slocate.db

What des this mean? Is my system compromised?

Thanks in advance.

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Is the db actually there? If it is what are the permissions, do you need to be root to access it?
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I may be wrong about this and am completely going on an old memory, which may or may not be correct. I seem to remember the database used by locate is created when the system is booted, thus rebooting the system MAY fix the issue. It's worth a shot if you don't have any other ideas and can reboot the box without too much trouble.
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The database is there... I am able to locate as root.
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Sounds like a PATH issue. The root PATH envvar has the path to the .DB in it whereas the user that you are looking for it does not.
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thanks...but how can i set the envvar PATH to the slocate.db file?
Is this right?
PATH = :/var/lib/slocate/slocate.db
export PATH
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That doesn't make sense, the slocate db is usable by root, but not users? Sounds like a permissions problem to me...

Usually, locate/slocate are updated from cron.
Depending on which locate you're using, it may be at /usr/bin/updatedb, /usr/libexec/update.locatedb, or others...

Being that you're on a Redhat system, try running /usr/bin/updatedb as root to rebuild the file. Then check the permissions.

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