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quickly find files on the filesystem based on their name

mlocate is a new implementation of locate, a tool to find files anywhere in the filesystem based on their name, using a fixed pattern or a regular expression. Unlike other tools like find(1), locate uses a previously created database to perform the search, allowing queries to execute much faster. This database is updated periodically from cron.

Several implementations of locate exist: the original implementation from GNU's findutils, slocate, and mlocate. The advantages of mlocate are:

* it indexes all the filesystem, but results of a search will only include files that the user running locate has access to. It does this by updating the database as root, but making it unreadable for normal users, who can only access it via the locate binary. slocate does this as well, but not the original locate.

* instead of re-reading all the contents of all directories each time the database is updated, mlocate keeps timestamp information in its database and can know if the contents of a directory changed without reading them again. This makes updates much faster and less demanding on the hard drive. This feature is only found in mlocate.

Installing mlocate will change the /usr/bin/locate binary to point to mlocate via the alternatives mechanism. After installation, you may wish to run /etc/cron.daily/mlocate by hand to create the database, otherwise mlocate won't work until that script is run from cron itself (since mlocate does not use the same database file as standard locate). Also, you may wish to remove the "locate" package in order not to have two different database files updated regularly on your system.

Package version:0.23.1-1


mlocate is a locate/updatedb implementation.  The 'm' stands for "merging":
updatedb reuses the existing database to avoid rereading most of the file
system, which makes updatedb faster and does not trash the system caches as

The locate(1) utility is intended to be completely compatible to slocate.  It
also attempts to be compatible to GNU locate, when it does not conflict with



Changes in version 0.23.1:
- New or updated translations:
  - Greek by Pierros Papadeas <>
  - Traditional Chinese by Chai Zhenhua <> and
    Wei-Lun Chao <>

Changes in version 0.23:
- Don't prune no-op bind mounts (mounting a directory over itself)
- New or updated translations:
  - Arabic by Amjad Saad <> and Munzir Ta


locate(1)                                                  locate(1)

       locate - find files by name

       locate [OPTION]... PATTERN...

       locate  reads  one  or more databases prepared by updatedb(8)
       and writes file names matching at least one of  the  PATTERNs
       to standard output, one per line.

       If  --regex  is  not specified, PATTERN


mlocate.db(5)                                          mlocate.db(5)

       mlocate.db - a m


updatedb.conf(5)                                    updatedb.conf(5)



updatedb(8)                                              updatedb(8)

       updatedb - updat


mlocate (0.23.1-1) unstable; urgency=low

  * New upstream release
    - Updated translations


2010-09-14  Miloslav Trma─Ź  <>

	* Release version 0.23.1.
	* NEWS: Up

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