update-db cron job: solving a long-standing issue

Soren Hansen soren at ubuntu.com
Sat Sep 15 15:53:11 UTC 2007

On Sat, Sep 15, 2007 at 04:54:57PM +0200, Milan wrote:
> We can also think (and this is my opinion ;-) ) that the locate
> command is only used by advanced users that now how to install slocate
> in two minutes, and thus that we don't need to install it by default.

I agree with this. Heck, I consider myself a pretty advanced user, and
the number of times I've used locate in my life can be counted on one
hand (with enough fingers to spare to pick my nose and do a bit of
typing). I realise the benifits of it, but I've just never gotten used
to it, and it's really not very easily discoverable. If one were to find
mention of it in a magazine or on IRC or whatever, it /is/ only a quick
apt-get away. IMO, nuke it. IME the utility is never really used, and
the daily(?) updatedb run is annoying and confusing to users who haven't
asked for it.

Soren Hansen
Ubuntu Server Team
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