slocate in the default desktop install

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at
Mon Feb 11 15:31:04 GMT 2008

On Monday 11 February 2008 06:15, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> 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.
> Today, at least, it doesn't seem to be used, and more featureful indexed
> searching is provided by tracker, and the overhead of re-indexing daily can
> be inconvenient for laptop users.
> Should we still ship slocate on desktops?
> --
>  - mdz

In Debian there was recent discussion of moving to a different locate that 
spread the overhead better so that it did not have a negative impact on user 
experience.  I'd much prefer that direction than removing it entirely.

Scott K

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