I need to often search a large directory structure (with 1 G / 13K files of data). find / grep take a lot of time. Is there any utility (or can one make an index of these files) for faster searching.
Depending on your Unix/Linux Flavor you can easily use
Usually u can just hit
In a similar situation (differential backup) I do this first:
This way I get all the file metadata into the cache with optimal hard disk performance (would probably not make much sense with an SSD).