Does locate update its database each time I remove a file?
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Secure Locate provides a secure way to index and quickly search for all files on your system regardless
of ownership. It uses incremental encoding just like GNU locate to compress its database to make search-
ing faster, but it will also check file permissions and ownership before displaying matched entries so
that users will not see files they do not have access to
Presumably that would imply that if the file no longer exists then the user would not have access to it and it would not be displayed.
No If you delete a file, it remains in slocate.db until the next update. That said, if you subsequently searched for that deleted file, locate (slocate) checks for physical existence, because that file no longer exist, it's entry in slocate.db will be removed. In this case the database is updated.
FYI, with a default, normal install of Slackware, updatedb is run daily at 0440 via a cron script in /etc/cron.daily/
Last edited by chrisretusn; 04-25-2012 at 09:56 PM.