More 4.50.15 woes on FreeBSD
a.peacock at chime.ucl.ac.uk
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 install.sh??? 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 install.sh 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 CPAN.pm 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.
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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