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The locate.updatedb command line tool is used to update the database used by the locate command. It is typically run periodically to ensure that the database is up to date.

By default, the locate.updatedb command is found in UNIX-like operating systems such as Linux, macOS, and BSD. When executed, it scans the file system looking for changes and updates the locate database accordingly.

The locate command is a way to quickly search for files and directories on the system without having to traverse the file system manually. It utilizes the database created by locate.updatedb for efficient and fast file searches.

Running locate.updatedb typically requires superuser (root) permissions since it needs access to the entire file system. Therefore, it is commonly scheduled to run as a cron job or executed by system administrators.

The command can be customized with certain options and parameters to control its behavior, such as specifying the database location or excluding certain directories from the update process.

Overall, locate.updatedb is a crucial tool for maintaining an up-to-date search database used by the locate command, offering quick file search capabilities in UNIX-like systems.

List of commands for locate.updatedb:

  • locate:tldr:ad4d0 locate: Recompute the database. You need to do it if you want to find recently added files.
    $ sudo /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb
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