Deprecating slocate for desktop users?

Bryan Quigley gquigs at
Fri Jan 4 09:33:48 UTC 2008

Is there any possibility of have locate use the tracker database?

On Jan 4, 2008 3:47 AM, Timo Jyrinki <timo.jyrinki at> wrote:

> On Thu, 3 Jan 2008, George Farris wrote:
> >> Speaking for myself, I regularly use slocate to find things that are
> >> outside my home directory (not that I use tracker for things that are
> in
> >> my home directory - I put them where they are, so I know where they are
> ;)
> >
> > I also regularly use slocate, please keep it.
> Like I stated, so do I, but I wouldn't find it problematic to install it
> for myself, and stop it from annoying the majority. Likewise, I wouldn't
> think Ubuntu to be any less geek-compliant even if I had to turn slocate
> on manually. I'd even like to configure it manually myself instead of it
> defaulting to daily updates which annoys me, too.
> Anyway, I understand that defaulting to cron.monthly would make the data
> too obsolete, so cron.weekly might be a sensible compromise in a short
> term, in the case slocate will not be disabled for now. But also Matt's
> /etc/default/slocate with setting defaulting to disabled sounds good,
> except for I don't know how to do it so that it's only disabled for the
> desktop installations. Slocate would be even installed by default like
> currently, but on desktop installations it wouldn't run except if the
> setting would be turned on.
> -Timo
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