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it's possible, so the system database is uptodate ever when new files is created or deleted?
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by:pjedmond
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Well you could replace the rm command with an script that first runs the rm command, and then runs updatedb on the path concerned. However, there aer numberous otherways to delete files, so this approach isn't exactly doing to be 100% perfect.

With respect to making new files, there are so many programs that make files, that trying to use a similar approach wouldn't really be possible:(

I guess that the best bet for you would be to run updatedb as a cron job everynight (or at a quiet time) to ensure that the data was reasonably current?

crontab -e

Then add the line(or similar):

45 23 * * * /path/to/updatedb

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by:xDamox
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Hi,

In your cron.daily directory located in the /etc you might have the following file:

mlocate.cron

This file runs updatedb daily.
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by:rubentrancoso
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ok, but It's not what I was asking. I already know cron. My questin is regard some way to monitor all files and update on demand.
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by:xDamox
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The only method I can think of is once you have deleted a file that you the user run the updatedb command
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As I alluded, you can either create a script called rm and rename rm to something else that gets called, or you can have your own special updating rm say surm:

-----------8X----------------------
#!/bin/bash

UDP=${1%/*}

echo $UDP

if [ "$UDP" eq "$1" ]
then
  rm $1
  updatedb -U .      # If no directory, update the cwd
else
  rm $1
  updatedb -U $UDP   # Just update the directory adffected
fi
-----------8X----------------------

Which does the updating for you. For creating files, there are so may ways that something like that can be done, that you'd have to patch all sorts of things, or create wrappers around them...and then start on the process of dealling with applications. Of course you could start 'patching' the glibc, but then when people (or you) want performance creating and deleteing files, you will get a fairly severe performance degradation.

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