Generic virus scanner found

Steve Campbell campbell at
Tue Nov 30 20:42:18 GMT 2004

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Mr. Bonivart,

Thank you very much.

I do recall the "generic" philosophy when it was invented, and had looked
throught both the wrapper and autoupdate scripts for generic. I am no perl
coder and not a very proficient shell coder, and thought that the "exit 0"
at the top would exit with nothing in the logs. I guess the logging is done
prior to calling the generic scheme.

Sorry for so much bother.

Steve Campbell

----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Bonivart" <peter at UCGBOOK.COM>
Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2004 3:09 PM
Subject: Re: Generic virus scanner found

> Steve Campbell wrote:
> > Mr. Field's reply indicated "generic" was something I could write
> > but I haven't written anything. "generic" is also an option to Virus
> > Scanners if I want to actually use it to scan with. I understand that it
> > will update anything I have installed, whether I use it or not - but I
> > have anything installed other than what I have specified.
> >
> > Help me understand, please. I'm sure it's just the frame of mind that
> > seeing this with.
> Some time ago someone wanted to tackle some problem (I'm being very
> vague since I don't remember it well but a search for generic scanner in
> the archives should find it) by using their own perl scripts as a
> scanner of sorts. They needed some way of plugging it into MailScanner
> and Julian provided it with the generic scanner. If you check your lib
> files you should find a wrapper and update script like the rest of the
> scanners. Fill the wrapper script with your own code if you need to and
> set Virus Scanners to include generic if you want to use it. As with all
> scanners it will update regardless of whether it is used or not, if it's
> installed it should be updated is Julians philosophy. That's why you see
> two lines for it running the update script but that doesn't mean it's
> actually updating something, if you look at your normal scanners they
> add a third line with something like "Clam was updated/did not need
> updating". There's nothing you need to do, everything is OK.
> Read more about it in MailScanner.conf (Virus Scanners) and check the
> generic-wrapper and generic-autoupdate scripts, they are also commented.
> --
> /Peter Bonivart

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