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    Question Whereis

    In past when you like to use that command you
    have to build the database first
    A bad thing was that new files made after the databasecreated was not added to the database.
    So you do not have a other option than deleting the database and recreated it, after
    sometimes.
    I discover that now the database is created automatic , but is also maintain automatic or is still necessary to delete and created again ?

    Any help is most welcome

    regards
    dobby9

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    Default Re: Whereis

    * dobby9,

    are you sure you don't talk about "locate"? Because I never had to build a database for "whereis".

    Uwe

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    Default Re: Whereis

    No I mean whereis , but that was let say 20 years ago I never use it because at that time disk space was still a problem.
    I forget all about it until recently I was searching for a file , and I gave the command
    make whereis and thats why I discover that it was already there.

    all the best

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    Default Re: Whereis

    dobby9 wrote:

    >
    > No I mean whereis , but that was let say 20 years ago I never use it
    > because at that time disk space was still a problem.
    > I forget all about it until recently I was searching for a file , and I
    > gave the command
    > make whereis and thats why I discover that it was already there.
    >
    > all the best
    >
    >


    The man page for whereis states that it only looks in certain places for info,
    and bases it's output on filenames.

    It searches in these locations:

    /{bin,sbin,etc}

    /usr/{lib,bin,old,new,local,games,include,etc,src,man,sbin,X386,TeX,g++-include}

    /usr/local/{X386,TeX,X11,include,lib,man,etc,bin,games,emacs}

    So a database is not necessary, and output will always be based on current
    availability.

    Loni
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