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Disabling Linux Updatedb For Atmail Users Directory

Nathan Salt -


I have a large number of users (5000+) and UpdateDB has become time consuming and uses a lot of resources.


  • On-Premise Server + WebMail Installations: Version 6.0 > Current Version


By default in most distributions, the "updatedb" command is run daily via Cron to index the filesystem Hard Drive.


A simple solution is to disable indexing of the Atmail users maildir by editing /etc/updatedb.conf

  1. Add the following directories to the "PRUNEPATHS" section
  2. Save the changes and exit
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