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Support for the slocate database format in GNU findutils

From: James Youngman
Subject: Support for the slocate database format in GNU findutils
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2006 18:53:01 +0100

I have just checked in some changes in the CVS code for the 4.3.x
branch of findutils which support the slocate database format.

Preliminary changes intended to eventually allow setuid operation have
also been made.  For the moment, please don't install GNU locate as a
set-user-ID program (except for testing purposes; if you do so, please
make sure that untrusted users cannot execute the set-user-ID locate

Use of an slocate database which was built with a nonzero security
mode forces locate's "-e" option to be turned on, which has an effect
on the "-S" option which is probably surprising for most users.

You can access the CVS code for findutils by following the
instructions at https://savannah.gnu.org/cvs/?group=findutils

I would be very grateful for any early feedback.


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