Directly after powering on my notebook I noticed a very intensive activity on the HD which lasted for several minutes.
Using htop, I could see that updatedb.mlocate was producing a high CPU load. I did not know this application before and was not aware, that it runs at start up time of my notebook.
I started researching in the web about this program and now I have a coarse idea of what it is.
But I still have the following questions:
- which applications make use of the data base and require therefore, that this one is continuously updated?
- is it a new feature of Ubuntu/Mint to set it up at installation time to run daily? I have been using Mint for several years and did not take notice of it before
- is there a major drawback if I dissable/deactivate it at all?
- how do I deactivate it completely? (Rem.: I do not want to delete it, only deactivate)
Mint 18.2, Xfce 64-bits.
(No further OSs in my notebook)