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Find filenames quickly. More information:

  • Look for pattern in the database. Note: the database is recomputed periodically (usually weekly or daily):

locate "{{pattern}}"

  • Look for a file by its exact filename (a pattern containing no globbing characters is interpreted as *pattern*):

locate */{{filename}}

  • Recompute the database. You need to do it if you want to find recently added files:

sudo /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb