locate command not work as expected

Posted on 2011-03-21
Last Modified: 2012-08-13

Why does the locate command not work as expected? It is easiest to explain what I did by pasting in the commands. But the file does exist and I am the file owner


oscar:registry$ locate icg*
oscar:registry$ ls -l

-rw-r--r-- 1 andrea andrea   555775 2011-03-21 18:07 default.xml
-rw-r--r-- 1 andrea andrea 49960754 2011-03-21 18:07 icgc3.xml

oscar:registry$ locate icg

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Question by:andieje
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farzanj earned 250 total points
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First use updatedb

It would run for a little while and then run locate again
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Assuming the locate database has been updated, then you should do

locate "icg*"

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without the quotes, shell globbing expands the *.


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If these are relatively newer files, the locate database may not have them. Locate database is updated via cron on your system. See if you have results for anything. (ie. locate messages |less )

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andrea@oscar:~$ updatedb
updatedb: can not open a temporary file for `/var/lib/mlocate/mlocate.db'
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by:Seth Simmons
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sudo updatedb

or updatedb as root

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i think your linux locate command is not yet,here you can run updatedb command.

login into command line terminal and su - to gain root privilege.

[mohan@sftpserver ~]$ su -
[root@sftpserver ~]# updatedb

if you are using Ubuntu, use sudo updatedb command and provide your password.


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