slocate in the default desktop install

Scott James Remnant scott at
Tue Feb 12 14:06:55 GMT 2008

On Mon, 2008-02-11 at 11:15 +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 only indexes the home directory of the user who does the search,
slocate indexes the entire disk that everybody can read.

Scott James Remnant
scott at
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