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locate.updatedbupdate locate database

locate.updatedb [--fcodes=dbfile] [--filesystems='type ...'] [--prunepaths='dir ...'] [--searchpaths='dir ...'] [--tmpdir=dir]

locate.updatedb updates the database used by locate(1). It is typically run once a week by the weekly(8) script.

The options are as follows:

Output to an alternate database file instead of the default /var/db/locate.database. If ‘-’ is specified in place of the file name, send the database to the standard output.
A list of filesystem types to be traversed by find(1). The default is 'ffs ufs ext2fs'.
Set the list of parent directories that should not go in the database. The default is '/tmp /var/tmp'.
Set the list of directories to be put in the database. The default is '/'.
Set the directory temporary files are stored in. The default is /tmp.

The default settings are modified by the optional configuration file /etc/locate.rc. It is a sh(1) script that can be used to set variables. The names of the variables match the names of the command line options, but in all caps.

configuration file
default database

find(1), locate(1), locate.mklocatedb(8), weekly(8)

Woods, James A., Finding Files Fast, ;login, 8:1, pp. 8-10, 1983.

June 12, 2022 OpenBSD-7.3