slocate in the default desktop install

Sebastien Bacher seb128 at
Mon Feb 11 13:28:45 GMT 2008

Le lundi 11 février 2008 à 11:15 +0000, Matt Zimmerman a écrit :
> Since very early on, we've shipped slocate as a part of the default desktop
> install in Ubuntu.  This provides an indexed list of filenames on the system
> to assist in searching for a file by name.  I'm not sure whether any of the
> standard desktop applications made use of it, or whether it was only useful
> on the command line.


gnome-search-tools (the search interface listed in the panel places
entries) use "locate" if available, it'll fallback to use "find" if it's
not installed though. I'm not sure how many people use this dialog but I
think that the database update is rather an annoyance than a win for
desktop users nowadays

Sebastien Bacher

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