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