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what is udpate-apt-xapi?

I was browsing when all of a sudden, the above process spawns using 100% CPU and fan becomes louder. After a minute or so, it automatically subsides.

From the name, I guess it is somehow related to apt, but why would it start automatically when I had just updated few hours ago and the update interval is set to 2 days.

P.S. - Ubuntu 10.10, 2.6.35.22

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It rebuilds the index of packages used to list packages and applications in Add/Remove Applications and Synaptic.

And yes, it can be a problem, especially for old computers.
If you want to disable it, this is what worked for me, as I remember:

sudo chmod 644 /etc/cron.weekly/apt-xapian-index
It makes the file not executable.

Check this link for more info and other solutions.

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This rebuilds the list of packages for Software Center and Synaptic etc. If it is not a problem you can just let it run. I looked at a way to disable it and it seems out of date. My apologies for not being very helpful. I will add comments if I learn more.

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If you have more information to add, feel free to edit your answer rather than just add comments :) –  8128 Oct 24 '10 at 20:51
    
True. Thanks, that will probably be more organized. –  NightwishFan Oct 24 '10 at 21:11
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