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Re: Good occasion to drop support for old locatedb format?

From: James Youngman
Subject: Re: Good occasion to drop support for old locatedb format?
Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2007 12:42:01 +0100

On 4/15/07, address@hidden <address@hidden> wrote:

updatedb.sh mentions that support for the old locatedb format will be
shortly discontinued.

Would the conversion of the script to a C program be a good occasion for
dropping this compatibility, or wouldn't there have been enough grace time
for users then?

I have not got a good idea how many people still use the old format.
The "old" format is probably still in use on current UNIX systems, I'd
guess.  If we're going to make large changes to the way we implement
updatedb, I'd prefer not to ask the users to swallow a removal of
funtionality too, if I can help it.    But yes, ample warning was
given and nobody has ever asked me to to go ahead.   Perhaps I should
modfy the current 4.3.x findutils code to emit a warning message in

Anyway, if you think it is helpful to omit that functionality for the
moment in order to complete your SOC project within a reasonable time
frame, that's OK, we can always add it back later after SOC.


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