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Re: Behaviour of locate with/without glob characters

From: James Youngman
Subject: Re: Behaviour of locate with/without glob characters
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2004 15:35:03 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.3.28i

On Thu, Nov 04, 2004 at 09:06:04PM +1100, Russell Shaw wrote:

(A change to get the specified string to match against basename of the
files in the locate database, not the whole names).

> As a frequent user of locate, i found the ability of being able to search 
> for
> all files like eg: libx*.so extremely useful.
> However, as discussed some time ago on this list, this is kind of a 
> superficial
> fix to make locate a bit more useful. IIRC, a more extensive fix is needed 
> for
> locate to do more useful searches using regular expressions. I'm not quite 
> up
> to full-on systems utility programming (yet).

I am more interested in the "correct" (i.e. traditional) behaviour.
Any desirable deviation from the traditional bevaiour can be effected
by implementing command-line options and/or aliases.

So, my most pressing interest is - how *should* GNU locate work to be
compatible with other implementations?


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