Debian and the latest perl security updates

Jonas Akrouh Larsen jonas at
Wed Dec 3 14:51:13 GMT 2008

Hi Jason

Yep its normal that mailscanner breaks when debian do perl realted updates.

My normal solution is always to do the debian upgrades, run a Mailscanner -V
and see if anything looks wrong.

If anything is missing or an older version (you can compare with the list
before the perl modules upgrade) then install the newest perl module via

This is something those of us who's chosen the combo of MailScanner and
debian have to live with.

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-----Original Message-----
From: mailscanner-bounces at
[mailto:mailscanner-bounces at] On Behalf Of Desai,
Sent: 3. december 2008 15:01
To: mailscanner at
Subject: Debian and the latest perl security updates

For those who use Debian and Julian's tar.gz install package:

Debian just released a perl security update.  After installing the
update, MailScanner will not start (for me anyways), giving the
following error:

Starting MailScanner...File::Temp version 0.18 required--this is only
version 0.16 at /usr/local/share/perl/5.8.8/MIME/ line 14.

I suspect the update is overwriting something.  I haven't take a lot of
time to investigate, but to work around it, I renamed my existing
MailScanner folder, re-ran (to get the required perl modules
installed), deleted the new MailScanner folder, and then renamed the old
one back.

mv /opt/MailScanner-4.72.5-1 /opt/MailScanner-4.72.5-1.tmp 
cd MailScanner-install-4.72.5
rm -rf /opt/MailScanner-4.72.5-1
mv /opt/MailScanner-4.72.5-1.tmp /opt/MailScanner-4.72.5-1

Hope this helps someone.  At the very least, restart MailScanner after
you do the perl update to make sure it will start back up.


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