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Date:	Tue, 24 Jul 2007 22:51:36 -0700 (PDT)
To:	Rene Herman <>
cc:	Nick Piggin <>,
	Ray Lee <>,
	Jesper Juhl <>,
	Andrew Morton <>,
	ck list <>, Ingo Molnar <>,
	Paul Jackson <>,,
Subject: Re: -mm merge plans for 2.6.23

On Wed, 25 Jul 2007, Rene Herman wrote:

> On 07/25/2007 07:12 AM, wrote:
>>  On Wed, 25 Jul 2007, Rene Herman wrote:
>> >  It certainly doesn't run for me ever. Always kind of a "that's not the 
>> >  point" comment but I just keep wondering whenever I see anyone complain 
>> >  about updatedb why the _hell_ they are running it in the first place. If 
>> >  anyone who never uses "locate" for anything simply disable updatedb, the 
>> >  problem will for a large part be solved.
>> > 
>> >  This not just meant as a cheap comment; while I can think of a few 
>> >  similar loads even on the desktop (scanning a browser cache, a media 
>> >  player indexing a large amount of media files, ...) I've never heard of 
>> >  problems _other_ than updatedb. So just junk that crap and be happy.
>>  but if you do use locate then the alturnative becomes sitting around and
>>  waiting for find to complete on a regular basis.
> Yes, but what's locate's usage scenario? I've never, ever wanted to use it. 
> When do you know the name of something but not where it's located, other than 
> situations which "which" wouldn't cover and after just having 
> installed/unpacked something meaning locate doesn't know about it yet either?

which only finds executables that are in the path.

I commonly use locate to find config files (or sample config files) for 
packages that were installed at some point in the past with fairly default 
configs and now I want to go and tweak them. so I start reading 
documentation and then need to find out where $disto moved the files to 
this release (I commonly am working on machines with over a half dozen 
different distro releases, and none of them RedHat)

David Lang
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