slocate in the default desktop install

Colin Watson cjwatson at
Mon Feb 11 17:14:14 GMT 2008

On Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 11:15:45AM +0000, 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.

tracker doesn't index system files, so is useless if what you were
trying to do was search for something outside your home directory.

> Should we still ship slocate on desktops?

We should ship mlocate, which has much more sensible reindexing
behaviour. I've been meaning to throw this in somebody's direction to do
the MIR/seed dance for a while now. Could somebody take care of this?

Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at]

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