locate bin, src, and man file for a command

whereis somecommand

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By: chrisdrew
2009-02-05 10:29:10

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  • May require the locate package. Locate is awesome, it creates a small file database which is updated once a day or so, or you can do a force update with 'updatedb'. Then you just type in 'locate' with the name of the file or folder that you want and off it goes. Show Sample Output


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    locate *.desktop
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    ls -l `locate your_search_here`
    tjcertified · 2009-11-27 05:53:46 3
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    locate -e somefile | xargs ls -l
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