update-dlocatedb(8) generate text database of installed files for dlocate




update-dlocatedb generates a plain text package contents listing from the files /var/lib/dpkg/info/*.list

This program is usually called from cron.daily.


Update the packages list only

Update the files list only

Update both (default)

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Configuration file with default options. Currently the only option is to enable/disable gzip compression of the dlocatedb file.
/var/lib/dpkg/info Directory containing dpkg file lists
Plain text listing of all files belonging to all packages (optionally compressed)

Listing of all packages known to dpkg.

This contains the reformatted output output of 'dpkg -l'. The file format is four fields separated by tabs:

status [TAB] package-name [TAB] installed version [TAB] short description

The "installed version" field may contain an architecture, e.g. ":arch"


This version of update-dlocatedb was written by Fredrik Hallenberg, Craig Sanders, and Pawel Chmielowski.

The manual page was written by Andreas Metzler <ametzler at downhill.at.eu.org> for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others, under the terms of the GNU GPL).