[lug] Puzzle with find

Matt Thompson thompsma at jilau1.colorado.edu
Thu Jul 7 15:18:22 MDT 2005

On Thu, 2005-07-07 at 15:14 -0600, Michael J. Hammel wrote:
> On Thu, 2005-07-07 at 16:37 -0400, Gordon Golding wrote:
> > I want to find any file whose name contains "install"
> > I do:  find / -name *install*
> locate -r "\/\s*install\s*$"
> This only works for files available the last time the locate database
> was updated.  If you need it to work for current files, just rerun the
> database (which I think is just "locate -u" run as root, but I"m not
> sure about that).

Yep.  Although most scripts (cron, say) you see will use "updatedb"
which is just a link to "locate -u".  slocate is one of those programs I
need on any box I have.  Find is just too slow for big searches.

Next up is beagle, but I think I'll have to get Foresight to use that.
Too much work otherwise.

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