updatedb make a beautiful pair.
usually once a day, a database of filenames on your computer, and
locate searches that database.
So, instead of doing a system-wide
find when you're looking for a
file somewhere (as in anywhere), you can use
locate to search
through the database, which is way faster.
Unfortunately, NFS shares are excluded from the database here at work, so a lot of neat stuff - pretty much all the neat stuff, really - just isn't locate-able.
Which is why I build my own database.
updatedb runs every night at 4:15, courtesy of my crontab:
# min(0-59) hour(0-23) dom(1-31) mon(1-12) dow(0-6:sunfirst) command 15 4 * * * updatedb --database-root /home/ME --output /home/ME/.locate.db
.locate.db, containing all the file names in my home
In addition to that, I set two aliases in my
alias locate="locate --database /home/stp02/salo/.locate.db:" alias hlocate="locate --database /home/stp02/salo/.locate.db"
locate search my database as well as the default one (the
--database option takes a colon-separated list of databases, and an
empty entry is taken to mean the default db), and
only my home directory.
Sweet and neat. I could build additional databases for other
interesting NFS shares, and add these to the
locate alias, too. But