HP Microserver – UpdateDB Bloat

James Young · October 20, 2011

A brief discovery…  If you use a script to back up your Microserver to a mount point somewhere in your filesystem, then your updatedb database will keep growing and growing without bound.  This is bad if you’re using a USB key for your root filesystem (I went from writing a 1.5Mb updatedb database once a day to writing a 60Mb one before I caught it).

The solution to this is to edit /etc/updatedb.conf and add the path to where your backups are stored to the PRUNEPATHS option.

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