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Re: slocate support in GNU findutils

From: Andreas Metzler
Subject: Re: slocate support in GNU findutils
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2007 18:58:22 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

On 2007-04-29 James Youngman <address@hidden> wrote:
> I have implemented support for the slocate database format in both
> updatedb and in locate (only in findutils-4.3.x).  I think it would be
> good if Debian findutils packages could act as a drop-in replacement
> for slocate.

> What accomodation should we make in the upstream code to make this easy?


sorry for taking along time to respond.

Afaik slocate and GNU locate differ feature-wise, not just just in
the DB format. IIRC slocate's updatedb program runs as superuser and
builds a database which is only readable for the slocate user. slocate
is SUID slocate, and will only output results that the invoking use
would be able to see, i.e. it mirrors the filesystem's access

How far does findutils 4.3.x go to duplicate this extended
functionality? (Including planned not yet implemented stuff.)
cu andreas
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