More 4.50.15 woes on FreeBSD

Anthony Peacock a.peacock at
Wed Feb 8 09:21:33 GMT 2006


TCIS List Acct wrote:
> Martin Hepworth wrote:
>> Hmm how did you install if you didn't use the ports?
> No.  I've always used the .tar.gz and installed by hand.  Been doing so 
> for many years w/o a problem.

This is the method I use.  When I moved to using MailScanner I already 
had a working Sendmail server with a working virus scanner and a working 
install of SpamAssassin.  The install script made too many assumptions 
and messed around with a setup that already worked well and I fully 
understood.  So I used the .tar.gz file and manually installed. 
Upgrades take a little longer, but I do get to know all of the changes 
as I work my way through the install.  This doesn't take too long for me 
now, and I much more comfortable doing it this way.  If (when?) I ever 
get around to bringing a new email server up from scratch I will 
probably use the script, from the word go, but with my 
current set up that would just create more problems for me.  I would 
certainly recommend anyone setting up a mailserver for the first time to 
use the install scripts.

All that aside, the way that I check to make sure I have the correct 
Perl modules installed is this.  After extracting the tar.gz file, there 
is a directory called perl-tar which contains the MailScanner.tar.gz as 
well as all of the required Perl modules, there is also a script called 
CheckModuleVersion.  CheckModuleVersion can be used to compare the 
installed module version with the required version.

I am also perverse in that I don't use to install my Perl 
modules (also habit from many years ago).  So I keep a directory with 
the distributions of the modules installed on my system. So I usually 
just copy the module .tar.gz files into this directory and do a filename 
compare, building the ones that are newer.

It sounds complicated, but actually is very straight forward, and gives 
me the confidence that I know what is happening.

Anthony Peacock
CHIME, Royal Free & University College Medical School
"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new 
discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny....'" -- Isaac Asimov

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