get periodic to not scan a partition

RW fbsd06 at
Sat Aug 2 12:19:14 UTC 2008

On Sat, 2 Aug 2008 06:22:17 -0400
"B. Cook" <bcook at> wrote:

> hello all,
> I have a machine doing backups with backuppc (excellent program btw)  
> and I have them being stored in /exports
> /dev/ad4s1h     57G     31G     21G    60%    /exports
> /dev/ad4s1h on /exports (ufs, local, noatime, soft-updates)
> it is now almost 6:20 am and periodic has been running since 3:01..  
> and it will complete in another 4 hours..
> root     92866  0.6  0.1  3064  1488  ??  D     3:01AM   1:00.93
> find / exports -xdev -type f ( -perm -u+x -or -perm -g+x -or -perm
> -o+x ) ( - perm -u+s -or -perm -g+s ) -print0
> is there something I can do to get periodic to not look in /exports?

The above search is looking for setuid binaries, if you mount /exports
as noexec and/or nosuid then it wont get searched. 

You may also need to curtail the locate search as someone already
mentioned, although that's only weekly and it only searches
directories that the user "nobody" can read. 

7 hours does seem a very long time though, these searches only take a
few minutes for 1.3TB on my desktop machine, and it's several years old.

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