FreeBSD users out there...

Drew Marshall drew at THEMARSHALLS.CO.UK
Sun Apr 10 01:11:03 IST 2005

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Jason wrote:

>Just wanted to get some friendly advice and recommendations from fellow
>FreeBSD users out there.
>i'm going to upgrading Mailscanner this week from 4.29 to the latest stable
>version in the ports.
>i will also be updating SA from 2.64 to the latest stable in Ports as well.
>I have portupgrade installed and was curious as to what others recommend.
>maybe a simple; portupgrade <mailscanner/SA>
For SpamAssassin, yes. For MailScanner, no. Personally, I would always
look to build MS thus:
$ cd /usr/ports/mail/mailscanner
$ make
$make deinstall
^^^^^^^^^^^^ to remove the old version
$ make reinstall
Then you still keep access to the wrapper and languages update scripts
(Details of which you will see at the end of the installation. Once you
have done these (If required) then
$ make clean

You then need to cd to /usr/local/etc/MailScanner and check the
MailScanner.conf.<version number>.new (I think it's called. You won't
miss it anyway). It will have been automatically updated with the
details from your old MailScanner.conf but there may be new features or
options. You can compare against the default, which will also be in the
same directory called MailScanner.conf.sample. Check also the
differences between the other old files in that directory and the
.sample new ones (Use diff to help you). I would also check the change
log at for other details as you might want to look
at phishing safe site lists for example. Once you are happy you are
ready to go.

Don't forget you ought to run $ portupgrade -an just to see what else
needs updating. There could well be perl modules that MS wants that need
updating also. If you upgrade MS first and you are happy with the output
of portupgrade -an just run portupgrade -a and go for coffee! The
portupgrade will do the rest.

Good luck


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