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       updatedb - update a file name database


       updatedb [options]


       This  manual  page documents the GNU version of updatedb, which updates
       file name databases used  by  GNU  locate.   The  file  name  databases
       contain lists of files that were in particular directory trees when the
       databases were last updated.  The file name of the default database  is
       determined  when locate and updatedb are configured and installed.  The
       frequency with which the databases are updated and the directories  for
       which  they  contain  entries  depend on how often updatedb is run, and
       with which arguments.

       In networked environments, it often makes sense to build a database  at
       the   root   of  each  filesystem,  containing  the  entries  for  that
       filesystem.  updatedb is then run for each filesystem on the fileserver
       where  that  filesystem  is  on  a local disk, to prevent thrashing the
       network.  Users can select which databases  locate  searches  using  an
       environment  variable or command line option; see locate(1).  Databases
       can not be concatenated together.

       The file name database format changed starting with GNU find and locate
       version  4.0  to  allow machines with different byte orderings to share
       the databases.  The new GNU locate  can  read  both  the  old  and  new
       database  formats.   However,  old  versions of locate and find produce
       incorrect results if given a new-format database.


       --findoptions='-option1 -option2...'
              Global options to pass on to  find.   The  environment  variable
              FINDOPTIONS also sets this value.  Default is none.

       --localpaths='path1 path2...'
              Non-network directories to put in the database.  Default is /.

       --netpaths='path1 path2...'
              Network  (NFS,  AFS,  RFS,  etc.)  directories  to  put  in  the
              database.  The environment  variable  NETPATHS  also  sets  this
              value.  Default is none.

       --prunepaths='path1 path2...'
              Directories  to  not  put in the database, which would otherwise
              be.  Remove any trailing slashes from the path names,  otherwise
              updatedb  won´t recognise the paths you want to omit (because it
              uses them as  regular  expression  patterns).   The  environment
              variable  PRUNEPATHS  also  sets  this  value.   Default is /tmp
              /usr/tmp /var/tmp /afs.

              File systems to not put in the database, which  would  otherwise
              be.   Note  that files are pruned when a file system is reached;
              any file system mounted under an undesired file system  will  be
              ignored.  The environment variable PRUNEFS also sets this value.
              Default is nfs NFS proc.

              The database file to build.  Default  is  system-dependent.   In
              Debian GNU/Linux, the default is /var/cache/locate/locatedb.

              The  user  to  search  non-network  directories as, using su(1).
              Default is to search the non-network directories as the  current
              user.   You  can  also use the environment variable LOCALUSER to
              set this user.

              The user to search network directories as, using su(1).  Default
              is daemon.  You can also use the environment variable NETUSER to
              set this user.

              Create the database in the old format.  This is  a  synonym  for

              Create  the  database in format F.  The default format is called
              LOCATE02.  F can be old to select the old database format  (this
              is  the  same  as  specifying  --old-format).  Alternatively the
              slocate format is also supported.  When the slocate format is in
              use, the database produced is marked as having security level 1.
              If you want to build a system-wide  slocate  database,  you  may
              want to run updatedb as root.

              Print the version number of updatedb and exit.

       --help Print a summary of the options to updatedb and exit.


       find(1),  locate(1),  locatedb(5),  xargs(1)  Finding Files (on-line in
       Info, or printed)


       The updatedb program correctly handles filenames  containing  newlines,
       but  only if the system's sort command has a working -z option.  If you
       suspect that locate may need to return filenames  containing  newlines,
       consider using its --null option.

       The   best   way   to   report   a   bug   is   to   use  the  form  at  The reason for this  is
       that  you  will  then  be able to track progress in fixing the problem.
       Other comments about updatedb(1) and about  the  findutils  package  in
       general  can  be  sent  to the bug-findutils mailing list.  To join the
       list, send email to


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