If I want to use the
locate command on a Linux machine, I usually run
sudo updatedb first to update the database. I can run the
locate command on OS X 10.5 but I can't find
updatedb. What's the corresponding updatedb for the mac?
locate.updatedb on Mac.
For more information see the locate.updatedb man page.
You can do
sudo ln -s /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb /usr/local/bin/updatedb to make the
updatedb command available.
Personally, I just installed findutils (use MacPorts or Homebrew).
Then you have GNU locate and updatedb.
updatedb won't work without sudo.
Personally I prefer to have a per user locatedb though; if you sudo other users will know the names/locations of all your files.
I have a cron job to run:
updatedb --localpaths='/Users/grogs' --output='/Users/grogs/tmp/locatedb'
And in my .zshrc .bashrc/.bashprofile:
If you run locate without first updating the database, you have a chance to see the OS's recommended way by its output.
WARNING: The locate database (/var/db/locate.database) does not exist. To create the database, run the following command: sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.locate.plist