8.61. Findutils-4.9.0

The Findutils package contains programs to find files. Programs are provided to search through all the files in a directory tree and to create, maintain, and search a database (often faster than the recursive find, but unreliable unless the database has been updated recently). Findutils also supplies the xargs program, which can be used to run a specified command on each file selected by a search.

Approximate build time: 0.4 SBU
Required disk space: 51 MB

8.61.1. Installation of Findutils

Prepare Findutils for compilation:

./configure --prefix=/usr --localstatedir=/var/lib/locate

The meaning of the configure options:


This option moves the locate database to /var/lib/locate, which is the FHS-compliant location.

Compile the package:


To test the results, issue:

chown -R tester .
su tester -c "PATH=$PATH make check"

Install the package:

make install

8.61.2. Contents of Findutils

Installed programs: find, locate, updatedb, and xargs
Installed directory: /var/lib/locate

Short Descriptions


Searches given directory trees for files matching the specified criteria


Searches through a database of file names and reports the names that contain a given string or match a given pattern


Updates the locate database; it scans the entire file system (including other file systems that are currently mounted, unless told not to) and puts every file name it finds into the database


Can be used to apply a given command to a list of files