LOCATE(1) BSD Reference Manual LOCATE(1)
locate - find files
Locate searches a database for all pathnames which match the specified
pattern. The database is recomputed periodically, and contains the path-
names of all files which are publicly accessible.
Shell globbing and quoting characters (``*'', ``?'', ``\'', ``['' and
``]'') may be used in pattern, although they will have to be escaped from
the shell. Preceding any character with a backslash (``\'') eliminates
any special meaning which it may have. The matching differs in that no
characters must be matched explicitly, including slashes (``/'').
As a special case, a pattern containing no globbing characters (``foo'')
is matched as though it were ``*foo*''.
Woods, James A., "Finding Files Fast", ;login, 8:1, pp. 8-10, 1983.
The locate command appears in 4.4BSD.
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