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I know that on windows you can index your files to find things faster. Is there something like this for Ubuntu because when I search for something like /usr under files it says searching and it takes really long.

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yes

sudo updatedb

then

locate foo

see http://www.linfo.org/locate.html

You can also use find

find /usr -name foo

see http://content.hccfl.edu/pollock/unix/findcmd.htm

For a graphical tool see Software for text search in files

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