Locate searches for every instance of the file in your locate database, in this example we'll try to find "bash":
# locate bash /usr/jail/usr/share/zoneinfo/Africa/Lubumbashi /usr/local/bin/bash /usr/local/bin/bash2 /usr/local/bin/bashbug [snip]
Trying to locate an executable file, if you're lucky you can try
# which bash /usr/local/bin/bash
Which will search your $PATH for an executable of the same name:
Whereis locates source/binary and manuals sections for specified files, searching in a list of standard places:
# whereis bash bash: /usr/local/bin/bash /usr/local/man/man1/bash.1.gz /usr/ports/shells/bash
Updated your locate database
# vi /etc/locate.rc
to see you options. i.e. You might want to add /usr/ports to PRUNEPATH and then:
You can see the database stored at /var/db/locate.database.
On Debian GNU/Linux:
--prunepath is one of the many options found in the Manual, then rebuild your database:
You can see the database stored in /var/cache/locate/locatedb.