locate Command

  • High speed and low impact searching command.
  • Searches index instead of actual system.
  • Indexes are updated each day end by default.
  • Locate won’t know about recently added/deleted files util database is rebuilt.

Update locate database indexes

sudo updatedb

Count of the files using locate

locate -c <file name>

Ignore case in locate

locate -i <file_name>

Show only the file actually exist on file system and not only in db indexes

locate -e <file_name>

Limit output to Number of files to be viewed in result

locate -l 2 <file_name>

You can use less command to scroll over the result

locate <file_name> | less

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