Upgrade Advice

Julian Field mailscanner at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Mon Dec 1 19:31:42 GMT 2003

Installing SA from RPM is indeed a bad idea. But to get the packaging, you
can download the SRPM and "rpmbuild -rebuild" the RPM from it. This will
give you an RPM which is set up for your system. I've done that on 1 or 2
machines and it all works fine.

If you upgrade MS, be sure to run "upgrade_MailScanner_conf" afterwards so
you get all the new config options in your MailScanner.conf.

Also, note that Net::CIDR is a new dependency, so you may want to
         perl -MCPAN -e shell
         install Net::CIDR
before you start doing anything. If that install command looks like it is
downloading perl itself, thump Ctrl-C quickly and bail out. You will find
the source of Net::CIDR under ~root/.cpan/build and you can build it from
there without it trying to install Perl 5.8.2!

Once you have installed MailScanner, stop the service and then it might be
worth setting "Debug = yes" and then run check_MailScanner. If there are
any errors, you will see them straight away and can fix them. Then set
"Debug = no" again and start it as normal.

I upgraded my own production servers today and it went okay :-)

At 18:45 01/12/2003, you wrote:
>I am currently running MailScanner 8.12.8 and Spam Assassin 2.55 on a RedHat
>8.0 server with Sendmail 8.12.8.  This is a production server.  I am
>interested in upgrading to the most recent versions of MS and SA.  MS and SA
>were installed via RPM.  Since then, I have heard that installing SA via RPM
>isn't the best idea, especially when wanting to upgrade SA.  The ideal SA
>installation and upgrade is building from source, from what I've gathered.
>I am in the unfortunate position of running all this on a production box,
>and not having an identical test box to try my upgrade out.  In addition,
>this server is responsible for DNS and our Apache server.  IOW:  I can't
>mess this box up.
>Looking for advice as to the best way to upgrade both MS and SA.
>Should I do a RPM upgrade on MS, uninstall the SA RPM and reinstall the new
>version of SA from source?  Or, is there a better way to go about this?
>Does it matter which order I do this in?
>In addition, over time, more spam seems to not be tagged.  I assume that
>with each release of SA, the SA rulebase is updated, and there will be a
>better chance of catching more spam?  If that's the case, is there a way to
>update the SA rules without upgrading?  Or, is a rule update the same as
>Looking for suggestions.  Pardon my ignorance...MS and SA are still pretty
>new to me.
>Thanks in advance,
>Christian P. Campbell
>Systems Engineer
>Information Technology Department
>Bruegger's Enterprises, Inc.
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