locate: A small part of a larger tool

I’ll mention locate very quickly, since it starts with L but is really only a small part of the larger mlocate suite.

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Instinctively I rely on find over something like locate, mostly out of habit but also because I don’t like the idea of relying on a database to find things on my computer.

That probably hearkens back to the days of Windows drive indexing, and that $&%! search dog.

Be that as it may, mlocate wasn’t installed by default on my Arch system, which means I had to specifically ask for the software, then update it with updatedb.

After that, I could search for files with locate. I will give it a point for being speedy, but that’s about all I can say for it.

I don’t have a Debian machine on hand right now, so I can’t be sure how it’s handled there.

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