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Re: limiting the directory to locate and search by file type

From: James Youngman
Subject: Re: limiting the directory to locate and search by file type
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2011 23:47:24 +0000

On Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 10:02 PM, Peng Yu <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hi,
> For 'find', I can specify which directory (directories) to perform the
> search. It seems that there is no such an option for 'locate' to
> restrict the search to certain directory rather than everything in the
> database (specified by -d).

You can achieve this by using locate --regex.

> Also 'find' offer the option -type, which allows me to search based on
> the file type. But I don't see there is a corresponding option in
> locate.


> Is my observation correct? Is there a way to do the above two
> operations with /locate'?

locate --null --regex whatever | xargs --null sh -c 'for file; do test
-f "$file" && mycommand "$file"; done' fnord

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