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
[I do not] carry such information in my mind since it is readily available in books. ...The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think ~ Albert Einstein
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.