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

Jason Chu jason at archlinux.org
Sat Nov 3 12:56:40 EDT 2007

On Sat, Nov 03, 2007 at 09:26:25AM +0100, Thomas Bächler wrote:
> James Rayner schrieb:
> > mlocate has replaced slocate as the default locate implementation, this is
> > currently in [testing]. This was requested on the bug tracker a while
> > back[1].
> > 
> > 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.
> > 
> > James
> > 
> > [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
> > much.
> > 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.
> While I think this is a good thing, this list should be informed
> _before_ such a change is made and before the [arch] list is informed,
> and you should wait at least a day for any objections (don't wait for
> confirmation though, because then nothing will happen). Aaron was always
> pushing for more communication, so let's practice it.
> Despite of all that, I like your initiative.

This was mentioned back on October 9th...


This is just James acting on the already existing confirmation.

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