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Mac OS X Tiger in a Nutshell by Jason McIntosh, Chuck Toporek, Chris Stone, Andy Lester

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Name

locate

Synopsis

locate pattern

Searches a database of filenames and prints matches. *, ?, [, and ] are treated specially; / and . are not. Matches include all files that contain pattern, unless pattern includes metacharacters, in which case locate requires an exact match.

The locate database file is /var/db/locate.database, which by default is updated as part of the weekly system maintenance cron job.

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