sophossavi errors on Red Hat Enterprise version 4

Ray Gardener R.A.Gardener at SHU.AC.UK
Tue Apr 26 09:53:27 IST 2005

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I recently upgraded one of my servers to RHEL version 4. After bringing
this into use I noticed a problem with load on the server going up
dramatically. On inspection I saw a mailscanner process consuming 1.4GB of
memory. This was causing the system to page memory frantically!!!.
Looking in the log files I saw indications that sophossavi was seeing some
of the mail as a denial of service attack and noticed that certain files
from my incoming spool file were not been processed. However some of the
files were been processed.  I switched the scanner type from sophossavi to
sophos and these files were cleared and the problems with memory and load
haven't reoccurred. Thinking that there was some problem with Savi-Perl I
downloaded the latest version and recompiled it. It ran make OK; but on
"make test" I got the following message below. [At the end of this message
are the details of my system and version of mailscanner] Obviously I am OK
using sophos but would like sophossavi to work - Has anyone got this
working under RHEL 4 or had similar problem (with hopefully a fix)?

PERL_DL_NONLAZY=1 /usr/bin/perl "-MExtUtils::Command::MM" "-e"
"test_harness(0, 'blib/lib', 'blib/arch')" t/*.t
t/use....Can't load
'/home/cisrag/SAVI-Perl-0.30/blib/arch/auto/SAVI/' for module SAVI: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory at
/usr/lib/perl5/5.8.5/i386-linux-thread-multi/ line 230.
 at t/use.t line 8
Compilation failed in require at t/use.t line 8.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at t/use.t line 8.
        Test returned status 255 (wstat 65280, 0xff00)
        Failed 1/1 tests, 0.00% okay
Failed Test Stat Wstat Total Fail  Failed  List of Failed
t/use.t      255 65280     1    2 200.00%  1
Failed 1/1 test scripts, 0.00% okay. 1/1 subtests failed, 0.00% okay.

System details
 uname -a
Linux 2.6.9-5.0.5.ELsmp #1 SMP Fri Apr 8 14:29:47 EDT
2005 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
2Gb memory dual Xeon system
Running Red hat Enterprise Edition version 4

MailScanner version is 4.40.11

Ray Gardener
Sheffield Hallam University
Telephone: 0114 225 4926
Email: R.A.Gardener at

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