slocate in the default desktop install

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Mon Feb 11 11:59:44 GMT 2008

On Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 12:55:01PM +0100, Stefan Potyra wrote:
> Am Montag, 11. Februar 2008 12:46 schrieb Matt Zimmerman:
> > Perhaps it could only start updating the indexes if someone has tried to
> > use locate at least once...
> I guess this might be confusing for a user, as the behaviour/speed of the 
> system varies on the basis of having run a command or not.
> Personally, I enjoy using locate, but I dislike the automatic indexing, so 
> I've turned this off completely. IIRC locate will usually tell me that the 
> database is old. (the corresponding update command could easily get displayed 
> there as well, if it isn't already).
> Maybe that would be an option?

On servers, I expect that administrators would not want to have to enable
indexing every time.  It's problematic for us to provide different defaults
on desktops and servers for the same package, so I was thinking about
options which might work for everyone.

 - mdz

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