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LOCATE.UPDATEDB(8) System Manager's Manual LOCATE.UPDATEDB(8)

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'.
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.

/etc/locate.rc
configuration file
/var/db/locate.database
default database

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

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

August 8, 2021 OpenBSD-current