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LOCATE(1L)							    LOCATE(1L)

       locate - list files in databases that match a pattern

       locate [-d path] [--database=path] [--version] [--help] pattern...

       This  manual  page documents the GNU version of locate.	For each given
       pattern, locate searches one or more databases of file names  and  dis‐
       plays  the  file	 names that contain the pattern.  Patterns can contain
       shell-style metacharacters: `*', `?', and `[]'.	The metacharacters  do
       not  treat  `/'	or `.'	specially.  Therefore, a pattern `foo*bar' can
       match a file name that contains `foo3/bar', and a pattern `*duck*'  can
       match  a	 file name that contains `lake/.ducky'.	 Patterns that contain
       metacharacters should be quoted to protect them from expansion  by  the

       If a pattern is a plain string — it contains no metacharacters — locate
       displays all file names in the database that contain that  string  any‐
       where.	If a pattern does contain metacharacters, locate only displays
       file names that match the pattern exactly.  As a result, patterns  that
       contain	metacharacters	should usually begin with a `*', and will most
       often end with one as well.   The  exceptions  are  patterns  that  are
       intended to explicitly match the beginning or end of a file name.

       The  file name databases contain lists of files that were on the system
       when the databases were last updated.   The  system  administrator  can
       choose  the file name of the default database, the frequency with which
       the databases are updated, and the directories for which	 they  contain
       entries; see updatedb(1L).

       -d path, --database=path
	      Instead  of searching the default file name database, search the
	      file name databases in path, which is a colon-separated list  of
	      database	file names.  You can also use the environment variable
	      LOCATE_PATH to set the list of database files  to	 search.   The
	      option overrides the environment variable if both are used.

       The file name database format changed starting with GNU find and locate
       version 4.0 to allow machines with diffent byte orderings to share  the
       databases.  This version of locate can automatically recognize and read
       databases produced for older versions of GNU locate or Unix versions of
       locate or find.

       --help Print a summary of the options to locate and exit.

	      Print the version number of locate and exit.

	      Colon-separated list of databases to search.

       find(1L),  locatedb(5L), updatedb(1L), xargs(1L) Finding Files (on-line
       in Info, or printed)


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