ProcessClamAVOutput unrecognised line (with up-to-date clamav)

mikea mikea at MIKEA.ATH.CX
Tue Oct 4 15:53:49 IST 2005

On Tue, Oct 04, 2005 at 02:12:00PM +0200, Nicolas Schmitz wrote:
> Hi,
> I've got a little trouble here, from time to time I see the following 
> lines in mail.log :
> MailScanner[17637]: poster.pdf
> MailScanner[17637]: ProcessClamAVOutput: unrecognised line "poster.pdf". 
> Please contact the authors!
> MailScanner (4.41.3-2) is running on Debian sarge , with latest clamav 
> package from volatile : 0.87-0volatile1.
> it's really annoying because I use logcheck, and I can't exclude that 
> kind of lines...
> Am I the only one who have this problem ?

No. I find it merely an annoyance, though, not a problem.

Oct  4 00:35:50 isdmona MailScanner[14105]: Virus and Content Scanning: Starting 
Oct  4 00:35:51 isdmona MailScanner[14105]: /var/spool/MailScanner/incoming/14105/./j945ZnFh031367/msg-14105-159.txt: Empty file 
Oct  4 00:35:51 isdmona MailScanner[14105]: ProcessClamAVOutput: unrecognised line "/var/spool/MailScanner/incoming/14105/./j945ZnFh031367/msg-14105-159.txt: Empty file". Please contact the authors!

It appears to happen only when the spammer sends an empty attachment,
though I haven't looked into it very deeply. 

Mike Andrews, W5EGO
mikea at
Tired old sysadmin 

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