Syntax locate [options] pattern Options -d path, --database=path Search databases in path. path must be a colon- separated list. -h, --help Print a help message and exit. --version Print version information and then exit.
Search database(s) of filenames and print 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.
If locate does not work, run the command: slocate -u to rebuild the index.
On modern hardware it is often faster to create and search an uncompressed index file of all filenames than to use the compressed locate database, source: Julia Evans [x]
sudo find / > database.txt
grep Alanis database.txt
Related linux commands:
udpatedb – Update the database for locate (usually run daily by cron to update the default database.)
slocate – Security Enhanced version of GNU Locate (users won’t see files they don’t have access to.)
find – Search for files that meet a desired criteria
Equivalent Windows command: DIR /S – Display a list of files and folders