updatedb : how to disable its (an)cron job ?

ben darby ben at cvrse.com
Thu Dec 7 21:42:01 UTC 2006

* Vincent Trouilliez wrote:
> Hi,
> updatedb runs once a day, I think triggered by a (ana)cron job,
> and I would love to disable it, as it always has the bad habit of
> running when I am using the machine. I do use the "locate" command, but
> so rarely, that suffering updatedb just isn't worth it.
> I don't see any GUI in Gnome to manage scheduled jobs (might be an idea
> for a Feisty+1 spec....), could someone explain to me how to
> "properly" (ie not changing permissions ;-) disable updatedb's job ? 

im not sure what you mean by "properly" as i would consider changing the
permissions -x on /etc/cron.daily/slocate the easiest to implement and
reverse should you change your mind later. otherwise you could just comment
out the file or change it so the condition is never true + then it wont
execute the update, maybe move it to weekly or monthly?

ben darby
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