locate (was: Re: [OS X TeX] Two questions (documentation-related))

Martin Stokhof stokhof at hum.uva.nl
Sun Mar 31 05:12:26 EST 2002

A follow-up to my question regarding MacJanitor and Locate. First of 
all, thanks to Enrico and Claus for their suggestions.
Enrico suggested that the problem might be  fink's new version of 
locate. I checked and what I found was the following:
- one version of locate, in /usr/bin
- one locate.database, in /private/var/db/locate.database
- one script, called locate.updatedb, in /usr/libexec
- a file called locate.updatedb.8, in /usr/share/man/man8
So it doesn't seem to be that.
As for Claus' suggestion that the preview option of Locate might be 
the culprit: I've never had that one switched on.
The phenomenon (Locate not being able to find files after MacJanitor 
having updated the database) persists, but by checking various kinds 
of files (I know, I should have done that before ;-) I've found that 
it holds only for files in my home directory, everything else can be 
found by Locate after MacJanitor is run. This suggests that the 
update MacJanitor invokes ignores files in the home directory.
I had a look at /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb, and it has: set 
SRCHPATHS = "/" , which I guess means that all directories are 
searched. (I have no expereince with shell scripts.)
I'm not quite sure what  locate.updatedb.8 is all about, but it does 
seems to refer to the /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb script.


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