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

Mark Schouten mark at prevented.net
Mon Sep 17 12:28:55 UTC 2007

On Mon, 2007-09-17 at 12:27 +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> > I fully agree. Installing *two* search tools by default is too much.
> > We probably should not uninstall locate on upgrades, but we should not
> > put it into new installations. One is painful enough (although they do
> > not server the same purpose: locate only indexes file names, while
> > tracker indexes your entire file system, which is much more
> > heavyweight).
> The idea of removing locate annoys me. I've spent too much time in past
> jobs fighting broken commercial Unix systems that decided to break (or
> didn't bother to test) standard Unix tools like man and locate. If
> you're working with a variety of different systems then this sort of
> thing is a real pain.
> Can we not come up with a way to generate the locate database from
> tracker instead?

I prefer this too. I also think it is good to think about newbies, but
is it really necessary to ignore more advanced users just because they
know what they're looking for? I know I would be annoyed if locate was
missing on my server.

Mark Schouten aka Jeeves_

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