update locate database
locate.updatedb updates the database used
by locate(1). It is typically run once a week by the
The options are as follows:
- Output to an alternate database file instead of the default
-’ 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.