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

I read this:

default settig,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 thats for Fedora.

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afaik Ubuntu already does this daily? –  Rinzwind Oct 20 '12 at 14:54

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From http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/oneiric/en/man8/updatedb.8.html

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

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