Improvements to ?

Michael H. Warfield mhw at
Sun Sep 28 19:59:57 IST 2008

On Sun, 2008-09-28 at 11:47 -0400, Michael H. Warfield wrote:
> Hey Juian!

> 	Wow...  Serendipity or what.  I was just in the middle of a yum upgrade
> of some Fedora 8 systems to Fedora 9 and ran smack into a bloody
> nightmare with MailScanner.  The problem here is that Fedora 8 had perl
> 5.8 and had all the modules installed for that.  Fedora 9 has perl 5.10.
> The yum upgrade (which was also nightmarish due to the signing key
> rollover and a dependency hell on openssl and openldap) upgraded all the
> base perl stuff but not the MailScanner stuff.  Trying to reinstall
> MailScanner seems to work but then it doesn't run, complaining about
> Hostname/ not existing amongst others (fix one and there's more).
> The problem is, the rpm is installed but for the wrong version of perl
> and wasn't upgraded and the install doesn't install it because it thinks
> it's already there, even though the .pm module is in the wrong version
> directory.  I had to manually build and install the bad modules until
> MailScanner would restart.

	Managed to narrow it down to three critical perl modules that had to be
manually removed via rpm -e and then rebuilt and reinstalled manually.


	Reinstalling MailScanner then reinstalling those three did the trick.
Maybe just something peculiar to them.  Everything else upgraded

> 	I strongly suspect that this would be the case even if I did not use a
> live yum upgrade but used an anaconda install (CD or preupgrade) as
> well.
> 	My suggestion for would be a sanity check to insure the
> correct rpm's are there for that distribution or a "reinstall" option
> that will reinstall the rpm's even if the exact same rpm is already
> present.  Yeah, this is a corner case that rarely comes up but it's an
> UGLY corner case, in this case.
> 	Mike
> On Sat, 2008-09-27 at 19:52 +0100, Julian Field wrote:
> > Hi folks!
> > 
> > I haven't done anything to the installer in quite a long time.
> > Are there any improvements people would like to see, particularly in the 
> > RPM installer as that's by far the most common distribution, and is used 
> > by the least tech-savvy people who need the most guidance.
> > 
> > Today I have done some work on both the README and the QuickInstall.txt 
> > files, to bring the up to date and to simplify them.
> > 
> > Also I have documented the "./ fast" option, so people who 
> > read the docs know it exists, as it greatly speeds things up if you know 
> > what you're doing and don't need to read all the output.
> > 
> > But what would people like to see improved in the actual installation 
> > script,
> > 
> > Jules
> > 
> > -- 
> > Julian Field MEng CITP CEng
> >
> > Buy the MailScanner book at
> > 
> > MailScanner customisation, or any advanced system administration help?
> > Contact me at Jules at Jules.FM
> > 
> > PGP footprint: EE81 D763 3DB0 0BFD E1DC 7222 11F6 5947 1415 B654
> > PGP public key:
> > 
> > 
> > -- 
> > This message has been scanned for viruses and
> > dangerous content by MailScanner, and is
> > believed to be clean.

Michael H. Warfield (AI4NB) | (770) 985-6132 |  mhw at
   /\/\|=mhw=|\/\/          | (678) 463-0932 |
   NIC whois: MHW9          | An optimist believes we live in the best of all
 PGP Key: 0xDF1DD471        | possible worlds.  A pessimist is sure of it!

-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: not available
Type: application/pgp-signature
Size: 307 bytes
Desc: This is a digitally signed message part
Url :

More information about the MailScanner mailing list