Problem installing SpamAssassin 3.0.1

Steve Swaney Steve.Swaney at FSL.COM
Mon Oct 25 23:44:20 IST 2004

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> From: MailScanner mailing list [mailto:MAILSCANNER at JISCMAIL.AC.UK] On
> Behalf Of Steve Freegard
> Sent: Monday, October 25, 2004 5:16 AM
> Subject: Re: Problem installing SpamAssassin 3.0.1
> Hi Hendrik,
> Hendrik den Hartog wrote:
> > I'm currently tring to install spamassassin 3.0.1. All proceeds fine
> until
> > make test, where it hangs on this test..
> >
> >  t/bayesdbm..................ok 37/44
> >
> > How, what etc do I need to do to sort this?
> >
> > Any/all advice appreciated,
> > Cheers!
> > Hendrik
> >
> See - and see if this
>   is affecting you.
> Kind regards,
> Steve.
Form the link Steve refers to above:

"As discussed in ,
libdb version 4.1.25, at least, seems to have a bug that will cause it to
sleep for 1 second under heavy load.

Upgrading to libdb 4.2.52 seemed to make this delay go away."

I've been able to fix this problem on our test boxes. Note that these
instructions are ONLY applicable to Redhat 3.0 (and probably) all Red Hat
"clone" operating systems. I've tested on Red Hat, WhiteBox and Tao Linux
systems. If your using a different operating system the steps will probably
be similar but the commands may differ.

Thanks to Steve Freegard for the location of the rpms:

To implement this fix:




And optionally (if you need it):



Find the installed db4 rpms

        rpm -qa | grep db4

if db4-utils-4.1.25-8 or db4-devel-4.1.25-8 or any db4-util-e.1* or
db4-devel-4.1.*, remove these rpms!

        rpm -e  db4-devel
        rpm -e  db4-utils

Then install db4-4.2.52-2.i386.rpm and db4-devel-4.2.52-2.i386.rpm
alongside of db4-4.1.25-8

In directory containing db4-4.2.52-2.i386.rpm and
db4-devel-4.2.52-2.i386.rpm reside

        rpm -ivh db4*

Rebuild DB_file against the new db4-devel libraries

        perl -MCPAN -e shell
        cpan> force install DB_File


These steps have worked or me on all of the systems I have fixed but beware,
your mileage may vary :(


Steve Swaney
Fortress Systems Ltd.
steve.swaney at

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