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       /etc/updatedb.conf - a configuration file for updatedb(8)


       /etc/updatedb.conf  is  a  text  file.   Blank  lines are ignored.  A #
       character outside of a quoted string starts a comment  extending  until
       end of line.

       Other lines must be of the following form:
              VARIABLE = "VALUE"

       White  space  between  tokens  is ignored.  VARIABLE is an alphanumeric
       string which does not start  with  a  digit.   VALUE  can  contain  any
       character  except for ".  No escape mechanism is supported within VALUE
       and there is no way to write VALUE spanning more than one line.

       Unknown VARIABLE values are considered an error.  The defined variables

              A  whitespace-separated  list  of  file system types (as used in
              /etc/mtab) which should not be scanned by updatedb(8).  The file
              system  type  matching is case-insensitive.  By default, no file
              system types are skipped.

              When scanning a file system is skipped, all file systems mounted
              in  the  subtree  are  skipped  too, even if their type does not
              match any entry in PRUNEFS.

              A whitespace-separated list of path names of  directories  which
              should  not  be  scanned by updatedb(8).  Each path name must be
              exactly in the form in which the directory would be reported  by

              By default, no paths are skipped.

              One  of  the strings 0, no, 1 or yes.  If PRUNE_BIND_MOUNTS is 1
              or yes, bind mounts are not scanned by  updatedb(8).   All  file
              systems  mounted  in  the subtree of a bind mount are skipped as
              well, even if they are not bind mounts.

              By default, bind mounts are not skipped.


       Unlike the  traditional  behavior  of  PRUNEFS  and  PRUNEPATHS,  which
       excludes  the  matched directory (or the root of a matched file system)
       from the created database, the matched  directory  is  entered  in  the
       created  database.   This allows e.g.  locate /tmp to find the standard
       temporary directories even though their contents are excluded from  the

       In  some  updatedb(8) implementations PRUNEPATHS can be used to exclude
       non-directory files.  This is not the case in this implementation.

       /etc/updatedb.conf is a shell script  in  some  implementations,  which
       allows  much  more  flexibility  in defining the variables.  Equivalent
       functionality can be achieved by  using  the  command-line  options  to


       Miloslav Trmac <>


       locate(1), updatedb(8)