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`locate` is a command-line tool for local file search using a database.

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Include FUSE mount in updatedb

I want to create a locate database that includes all mounted drives, including a FUSE mount from borg, but I get the following: $ sudo updatedb --debug-pruning -o /var/cache/locate-all.db -l 0 -U $PWD ...
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alternative to find for search and copy files?

I have many files called themes.txt (but different in content) scattered in various folders. I would like to use the locate command (not find !!!) to search for them and the cp -backup command to copy ...
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updatedb does not prune paths

I have a timeshift user with backups in my /home. Every time after boot when I search for something with locate, all the timeshift directories are shown to me. To fix this issue, I added /home/...
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macOS / BSD - add dir to locate database?

How do I add a directory to be indexed by locate.updatedb on macOS / BSD so that I can find files in that directory with the locate command? I read the man page of locate(1) on Mac, but didn't find ...
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Find XML file with specific path

I'm working with XML files, each of which could be dozens of lines long. There are literally hundreds of these files, all over a directory structure. Yes, it is Magento. I need to find the file that ...
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Why locate gives more lines output than find

For example I will look for everything which contains 'bin' in its name locate 'bin' gives me 7732 lines of output sudo find / -name '*bin*' gives me 2730 lines of output why?
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For loop and locate command with regular expression mismatched

when I change any configuration I made a copy of the original file with suffix .original. Now I am composing a simple script that will find all *.original files and work with both versions, ie with ...
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Can I use locate's functionality to find symlinks faster?

I've just read: How to find all symbolic links pointing to any file/directory inside a given directory but that is pretty slow. Now, on typical Linux systems, a filesystem database-of-sorts is ...
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Can GNU FindUtils be configured to skip a directory?

When I run updatedb I get an error "Permission denied" to /run/user $ sudo updatedb /usr/bin/find: '/run/user/1000/doc': Permission denied Note my version of updatedb comes from the package ...
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`locate` in linux vs osx

I often use locate as a command to find stuff system-wide. However, I find it very annoying that the osx version of locate doesn't seem to have the -b option to match the basename only; and so prints ...
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ifconfig and locate command not found

I am new in linux-ubuntu and I see ifconfig the not found in terminal and I writed sudo yum install new-tool but came yum the not found error . What means that ,must I install ifconfig ? or are there ...
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Understanding locate command regex

To use locate command with regex , do we need to enclose the pattern in quotes along with passing --regex option ? If yes, then what do the following mean - a) locate --regex file* ? Here regex will ...
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"locate" returns relative instead of absolute paths

One advised me to post here since this would be more appropriate (I am going to remove the previous one). On my MacBook, I have the following entry in root's crontab: 0 */4 * * * cd /private/var/root &...
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How can I see the main package for a given program in Centos 8

I want to know which exact installed package that allows a program to run, I used locate <program_name> command, but that seems to throw all related files a directories that contains that ...
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locate: regex repetition postfix operator doesn't work with --regextype emacs

I have some files whose the names are of the form krita-NN.kra where NN is a number having one to two digits. I wanted to locate them using Emacs regex. However, the repetition postfix operator (\{n, ...
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mlocate: how to print files only [duplicate]

I have the following version of locate: $ locate --version mlocate 0.26 Copyright (C) 2007 Red Hat, Inc. All rights reserved. This software is distributed under the GPL v.2. This program is provided ...
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Rsync running every month can't stop it

I have never used rsync for backup before. I'm not a advanced user by any means, but enjoying Linux. I was following instructions, from a website (have now lost the url) and I managed to set up rsync ...
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Updatedb include the path pointed by symbolic link

I have created mlocate database with the contents of a particular folder. I see that the updatebd doesn't include the path pointed by the symbolic links in the database. How can I include the path ...
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apt-file can not find a dkms file

Before I upgrade to Debian Bullseye, apt-file was pretty logical. Now I can't get it to work. What am I doing wrong? Did the behavior change? # apt-file update Hit:1 http://repo.steampowered.com/...
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sed command does not work with find -exec?

I have this file: file.txt: ... threshold: swipe: 2 pinch: 2 interval: swipe: 2 pinch: 2 No, if I do : $ locate config.yml | while read i; do sed '/swipe|pinch/s/[0-9]/3/' $i; done it ...
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Which parts of a Linux system does locate index or not index? [duplicate]

I had a look at man locate but couldn't find an answer to this. The updatedb command appears to index everything under /, but according to my experiment it didn't index a file at /media/mike/W10 D ...
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find does not work, locate does

So I have this bit: systemctl list-unit-files | grep --ignore-case networkmanager | grep --ignore-case service | cut --fields=1 --delimiter=" " Which gives as output: NetworkManager-dispatcher....
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Different mlocate database for each user?

This may come across as a silly question because each file and directory on a system can and will have permissions to block an ordinary user from seeing various files- but for added security sake and ...
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How can I change the configuration of /etc/updatedb.conf file?

Based on the man page of the command "updatedb", we can change and override the configuration of /etc/updatedb.conf using the below commands: --prune-bind-mounts FLAG Set ...
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How can I limit locate command to search current directory?

Locate search is not limitable to current directory: I am trying to learn so I decided to write this script cd /usr/share/doc && ls -R | grep "\.html" | sudo tee htmldoclist.txt Then I want ...
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Sudo updatedb `/var/lib/mlocate/mlocate.db' is locked due to faulty drive, how to resolve permanently?

This 4.20.3 Arch system its BTRFS formatted / disk is without free space left. It turns out that mlocate is the cause: # du -h --exclude=Volumes -- * 2>/dev/null | sort -hr | head -2 11G var 9.6G ...
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Search for arbitrary files but only list matches in results once

I want to search for arbitrary file/directory names, but only want to list file paths containing the search string at the same position once. Especially not every file within a directory matching the ...
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How to list all files in mlocate database file?

when updatedb is run it generates a mlocate.db file. How to list all the files in the mlocate.db file? locate * is this correct?
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Synapse launcher: what is the difference between the `locate` command and the simple search?

I love Synapse in Xfce and want to know more about improving its use. I use it to restart, logout or shutdown, launch applications, access files and folders. I have been trying to fix a few ...
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Locate doesn't work

System: Linux Mint 19.1 Tessa, edition: Cinnamon Got a problem with a locate command. I created test.txt file on a desktop. After that I did: sudo updatedb However locate test.txt -i still ...
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Locate but exclude names - Linux

I am trying to locate all the files named hosts on a linux PC remotely. The problem is there are almost several thousand files with ghostscript as one of the upper directory names or as part of a ...
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Delete the "locate" database in FreeBSD

After having established the locate command's database indexing file & directory names across my FreeBSD 12 system (as described in this related Question), I now regret doing so because of its ...
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Safe secure way to locate a file in FreeBSD?

In FreeBSD 12, on a freshly-created virtual machine (DigitalOcean), I tried to use the locate command. $ locate java I received an error. locate: database too small: /var/db/locate.database ...
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updatedb is generating an incomplete list of files

I'm running the following command: updatedb -l 0 -o mydatabase.db -U /usr/myfiles1/ Then, locate -d mydatabase.db "" The "" are to show all the contents of mydatabase.db. However, I'm missing ...
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Truncate from beginning in Rofi

I'm using this command for a rofi-locate script (source): xdg-open "$(locate $query | rofi -threads 0 -width 90 -dmenu -i -p "locate:")" Currently all long path results are truncated from the end, ...
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linux file tree database file

When i install mlocate i must run updatedb I was wondering if there is a db file with all the files on the system and their paths is there a msterfile that contains all the file location/names on ...
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Locating font files

There's a utility called fc-list in the fontconfig library, that's good for listing installed fonts. It detected a few hundred system fonts. I ended up using find to locate all files with common ...
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locate: using updatedb to create a database of directories only?

GNU findutils' man page for updatedb says it has a --findoptions parameter. Does it mean I can specify a find-like option there to create a specific database for locate? Like this, to include ...
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How can I find exactly which files have been accessed after a command runs in tcsh?

how can I find which files tcsh reads to TAB complete the second word of a command, as opposed to the first word. I know I can just use whereis complete to see the path to *.1.gz file, but that is ...
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locate stop repeating when a directory contains a name

Sometimes when using locate, my search string will (either incidentally or intentionally) match a portion of a directory. This causes everything below that point in the directory to be printed. For ...
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The locate command finds files that aren't there

I use a Mac running High Sierra. I am cleaning up my hard drive and I was looking for remnants of a program I deleted from my Mac. I used the locate command like this: locate Canopy. I once had the ...
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Command which do not locate the real path of command

We have a RHEL 7.x with Hortonworks (HDP) installed and need an advice why we get on which command: no hadoop in ... The Hadoop client is installed under /usr/bin and from env we get [root@...
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How to use locate with a world-unreadable home directory

man locate says: The locate database is typically built by user ``nobody'' and the locate.updatedb(8) utility skips directories which are not readable for user ``nobody'', group ``nobody'', or ...
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Solution to change directory passing a directory pattern as the parameter

I'd like to get any script or Linux solution to implement changing directory passing not exactly a directory but a pattern as the parameter. Something like this: # Ex: I'd like to execute a "cd" to a ...
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How to know where the last file created by my current user is located?

I use Ubuntu 16.04 (xenial) with Bash 4.3.48(1) and zip 3.0. In a file containing a bash script (#!/bin/bash) with many different functions, I also have this function used to create a full database ...
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Count number of files that are not symbolic links in output from "locate"

I'm trying to count the number of non-symbolic linked files passed by the locate command. I've tried a number of options and think this is the most promising: locate -r "$PWD.*\.c$" | xargs ...
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How to pass multiple DB files to locate?

I want to pass multiple DB files to the locate command, like this: locate -d ~/.a_locate.db:~/.b_locate.db: -Ai file_to_find But this gives me this error: locate: can not stat () `~/.b_locate.db': ...
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Using regex for locate and grep to get only folders

When I try to search using locate and grep something like: locate A-B | grep .dir The result is: .../A-B-C.dir .../A-B-C.dir/file .../A-B-C.dir/file1 .../A-B-D.dir .../A-B-D.dir/file1 ... How to ...
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changing the default database for locate and mlocate

I managed to run locate and mlocate so that it uses an encrypted partition, i.e. my home folder. See this post. However, how do I make the new, relocated mlocate.db database the default? I now ...
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Debian unable to locate packages php [closed]

I just started to explore debian for the first time, and wondered if anyone knew anything about the "unable to locate packages" I get this error when I am trying to run ./installer.sh (a file) E: ...
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