I'm having a strange issue.
I am currently fixing a flash install on Backtrack 5 (Based on Ubuntu). I really need to get flash to work, so I looked up on Google. On some board, one guy said that on this distribution (which is finally based on Debian) flash installs into Iceweasel-flashplugin, so we need to change the path to there from Iceweasel to Firefox. (Or tell Firefox to look for the plugin down there, I'm not sure).

But Here comes the weird part. When using the locate command, I can find some file and the path to it. Trying the cat command on this exact path gives "no file or directory", and even with ls -la nothing comes. I have only two files beginning with i's.

Does someone know why this is happening? And would there be a way to fix this flash install?

Shell screenshot:

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locate uses a database called locatedb. It's normally updated by system cron jobs. If the DB hasn't been updated, it'll show non-existent or new files/directories. you can force an update with the updatedb command. See this link among others.

Manpage of locate clearly says -

   locate  reads  one or more databases prepared by updatedb and writes
   file names matching at least one of the PATTERNs  to  standard  output,
   one per line.

   By default, locate does not check whether files found in database still
   exist;  locate  can  never  report  files created after the most recent
   update of the relevant database.


  • Ok, I should stick the rules.. RTFM! Thank you for the explanation. Feb 8 '12 at 20:56

locate is based on a database which is usually updated once a day via cron. Force an update: run updatedb and your locate iceweasel will return up-to-date results.

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