/etc/updatedb.conf - a configuration file for updatedb(8)
is a text file. Blank lines are ignored. A #
character outside of a quoted string starts a comment extending until end of
Other lines must be of the following form:
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.
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
- A whitespace-separated list of directory names (without
paths) which should not be scanned by updatedb(8). By default, no
directory names are skipped.
Note that only directories can be specified, and no pattern mechanism (e.g.
globbing) is used.
- 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. As an exception, bind mounts of a directory on itself are not
By default, bind mounts are not skipped.
When a directory is matched by PRUNEFS
does not scan the contents of the
directory. The path of the directory itself is, however, entered in the
created database. For example, if /tmp
is in PRUNEPATHS
will not show any files stored in /tmp
, but it can
show the /tmp
directory. This behavior differs from traditional
In some updatedb(8)
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 to
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