[arch-dev-public] [testing] mlocate replacing slocate

James Rayner iphitus at gmail.com
Sat Nov 3 03:29:32 EDT 2007

mlocate has replaced slocate as the default locate implementation, this is
currently in [testing]. This was requested on the bug tracker a while

mlocate is used by Fedora at least and unlike slocate, no longer has the
well known midnight updatedb crawl. In all other aspects it's compatible
with and identical to slocate.


[1] http://bugs.archlinux.org/task/4490

As described by the README:
mlocate is a locate/updatedb implementation.  The 'm' stands for "merging":
updatedb reuses the existing database to avoid rereading most of the file
system, which makes updatedb faster and does not trash the system caches as
The locate(1) utility is intended to be completely compatible to slocate. 
It also attempts to be compatible to GNU locate, when it does not conflict
with slocate compatibility.

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