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If i lost a file I use locate a lot. Works perfectly and with grep you can quickly find back what you looked for.

However, often it generates a lot of output which is not always easy to filter. One instance is when searching for a lost dir when the name is used in the base of a lot of entries. Try searching all bin dirs for example.

Locate by itself has no option to only search for directory type entries, but it has a option to parse a regexp. Unfortunately I am no high flyer on regexp.

What would the regexp be to parse to locate to show 1 occurrence of every bin dir, or can I better use a different pipe?

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locate -r '/bin$'

will only show paths that end with /bin. As / can't be part of a file name that is files and folders named bin.

  • The trick is in the $, but what does it mean, end of line? – Requist Mar 4 '14 at 14:23
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    As locate prints one path per line the end of line is the same as the end of the path. That is a /bin not followed by anything – Florian Diesch Mar 4 '14 at 14:31

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