[OS X TeX] Snow Leopard and locator

Michael Sharpe msharpe at ucsd.edu
Mon Sep 7 02:47:39 CEST 2009

I couldn't see how to make Find search for system files in Snow  
Leopard, so I spent a little time writing a front end for locate. The  
program (Intel and Universal versions) is available at


It works under Leopard and Snow Leopard.


On Sep 1, 2009, at 3:15 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:

> On Sep 1, 2009, at 12:35 PM, Michael Sharpe wrote:
>> Snow Leopard seems to have made a change to the way the locate  
>> database is generated. For example, the indispensible Locator  
>> program (version 0.73) is no longer able to generate or regenerate  
>> the database from within the program. The only way I've found to do  
>> it is
>> cd /usr/libexec
>> sudo ./locate.updatedb
>> Leopard used to allow simply
>> sudo /usr/libexec/locator.updatedb
>> Michael
> Howdy,
> Locator is getting a bit long in tooth. It's PPC only and with the  
> update to Snow Leopard I'd have to install Rosetta. I think it's  
> time to look for some substitute. Some of the other tools around can  
> use the locate data base and hopefully Spotlight and Find in Snow  
> Leopard (haven't installed it yet) can list system files without  
> intervention (it can be set up each time with Find in Finder).
> Good Luck,
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at wideopenwest dot com)
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