Section: File Formats (5)
Updated: Jul 2005
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/etc/updatedb.conf - a configuration file for updatedb(8)
is a text file.
Blank lines are ignored.
character outside of a quoted string starts a comment
extending until end of line.
Other lines must be of the following form:
White space between tokens is ignored.
is an alphanumeric string which does not start with a digit.
can contain any character except for ". No escape mechanism is supported within
and there is no way to write
spanning more than one line.
values are considered an error.
The defined variables are:
A whitespace-separated list of file system types (as used in /etc/mtab)
which should not be scanned by
The file system type matching is case-insensitive.
When scanning a file system is skipped,
all filesystems 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
Each path name must be exactly in the form
in which the directory would be reported by
The default values of both variables are empty.
Unlike the traditional behavior of PRUNEFS and PRUNEPATHS,
which excludes the matched directory (or the root of a matched filesystem)
from the created database,
the matched directory is entered in the created database.
This allows e.g.
to find the standard temporary directories even though their contents are
excluded from the database.
implementations PRUNEPATHS can be used to exclude non-directory files.
This is not the case in this implementation.
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
Miloslav Trmac <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- SEE ALSO
linux.jgfs.net manual pages