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is there such a thing as a find daemon, that would keep track of the filesystem and thus make find / ... searches much faster ?
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There is a program called locate. If you have a Slackware installation, it should be already installed (most likely on other distributions too).
It consists of a program `locate', that searches a database. On regular intervals (normally once a day), you have to run `updatedb' to refresh the database. I do this from the crontab.
Using locate is a lot faster than find, but it's not as flexible. Also, the database might be out of date.
To find out if you have locate, try `locate locate'.
If you don't have it, it's in the GNU findutils. (ftp to prep.ai.mit.edu or its mirrors)
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