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
       displays 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
       anywhere.  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

       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)