PathTools 3.26 breaks MailScanner

Sarah Michaelson waytotheweb at
Tue Jan 15 23:57:59 GMT 2008

On 15/01/2008, Hugo van der Kooij <hvdkooij at> wrote:
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> Sarah Michaelson wrote:
> | MailScanner stopped working overnight on a number of our servers and
> | client servers (running cPanel). We have tracked the problem down to
> | an upgrade to the latest version of the PathTools perl module. It
> | results in a segmentation fault.
> |
> | Downgrading PathTools to version 3.2501 fixes the problem.
> Are you using automated installation of RPM's? In that case you have a
> timebomb installed with a dodgy timer. I would recommend never to
> automagically install patches/updates. Warn if they are available
> automagicall, download them automagically if you want but a human should
> make the decision to install them.

cPanel automatically updates perl modules from CPAN. Fortunately, it
looks like they have rolled back the PathTools upgrade so this will
mitigate the problem for people using MailScanner on cPanel servers.

Sarah Michaelson

Way to the Web Ltd
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