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How do I edit the update.conf at /etc/update.conf to run every day on Ubuntu? This would enable me to use locate with a very recent database.

I read this:

default setting, updatedb, it has been in /etc/cron.daily and its name is slocate.cron if you want to run updatedb on startup, you can add the line updatebd to the file /etc/rc.d/rc.local.

In FC4 you must edit the file /etc/updatedb.conf and set DAILY_UPDATE=yes.

But that is for Fedora.

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afaik Ubuntu already does this daily? – Rinzwind Oct 20 '12 at 14:54
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updatedb is usually run daily by cron(8) to update the default database.

Check /etc/cron.daily. It should be there.

/etc/cron.daily$ ls *loc*    
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sure but crontab -e doesn't show me a line that does updatedb. How do I access that? Not to meddle with it but to see what its all about? – drN Oct 20 '12 at 15:08
Why would it be in crontab -e? That's old skool ;) daily events should go into /etc/daily – Rinzwind Oct 20 '12 at 15:27
I checked and my system doesn't have a file or folder called daily under /etc – drN Oct 20 '12 at 16:52
@drn cron.daily and its a directory. – Rinzwind Oct 20 '12 at 18:13

In addition to Rinzwind answer

updatedb is usually run daily by cron(8) to update the default database.

Now back to your demand:

if you want to run updatedb on startup

you can use cron for this job, run the command:

sudo crontab -e

Add the following:

@reboot /usr/bin/updatedb

Save and exit.

Now this ensures that you'll update the mlocatedb on every startup of your system, in addition to its scheduled everyday.

You can comment the line containing mlocate in /etc/cron.daily to stop the usual schedule everyday.

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