SUMMARY: "Fast find" ignores many files

From: Ole Holm Nielsen (
Date: Mon Oct 19 1992 - 16:50:53 CDT

Dear fellow managers,

The original question:

>I have been plagued and puzzled for a while by the inability of
>"fast find" to locate many files throughout our system.
>Using the standard /usr/lib/find/updatedb (in SunOS 4.1.1), it
>appears that certain disk partitions are entirely neglected
>by updatedb (namely, the /, /usr and several user disks mounted
>under /export/home/XXX).

The summary:

The /usr/lib/find/updatedb as well as /bin/sort use /tmp as scratch
space, but remain silent if there is insufficient space. Our 9 MB
of /tmp turned out to be insufficient.

The details:

Modify /usr/lib/find/updatedb like this:

# Directory on large filesystem for sorting space
TEMP=<directory with lots of space>

and use the -T flag of sort to use the TEMP space, replacing every
occurrence of "sort" by "sort -T $TEMP".

Thanks to:
Daniel Quinlan <danq@lemond.Colorado.EDU>
"David J. MacKenzie" <>
Ace Stewart <>
Ted Rodriguez-Bell <ted@ssl.Berkeley.EDU>
Ole Holm Nielsen
UNI-C, Building 305
Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Lyngby, Denmark
Telephone: (+45) 42 88 39 99 (dial-tone) 2404 or 2244

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