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LOCATE(1)		  BSD General Commands Manual		     LOCATE(1)

NAME
     locate — find files

SYNOPSIS
     locate pattern

DESCRIPTION
     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*''.

FILES
     /var/db/locate.database

SEE ALSO
     find(1), fnmatch(3)

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

HISTORY
     The locate command appears in 4.4BSD.

4.4BSD				 June 6, 1993				4.4BSD
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