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locate is a Unix utility to find files on filesystems first created in 1983[1]. It searches through a prebuilt database of files generated by updatedb or a daemon and compressed using incremental encoding. It is significantly faster than find, but requires the database to be updated regularly.

The GNU version is a part of GNU Findutils.

Some versions can also be used to index network filesystems.

References

  1. ^ Ref: Usenix ;login:, Vol 8, No 1, February/March, 1983, p. 8.

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