Up2date perl problem package perl-5.8.5-36.el4_6.3 is already installed

Remco Barendse mailscanner at barendse.to
Mon Feb 23 08:41:56 GMT 2009

I am running rhel-i386-es-4 and i have a problem running up2date :

Name                                    Version        Rel
perl                                    5.8.5          36.el4_6.3 

Testing package set / solving RPM inter-dependencies...
RPM package conflict error.  The message was:
Test install failed because of package conflicts:
package perl-5.8.5-36.el4_6.3 is already installed

I did some googling, and i found a message stating that the perl error is 
caused by a perl module MailScanner installed unfortunately no solution. 
The remark there was that they contacted RedHat for support and then the 
problem got solved.

Now i could do the same but unfortunately this is a server i am supporting 
on the other side of the world and the support contract is with RedHat in 
Japan so contacting them is not so easy for me.  Some other post 
suggested to try and force uninstall of perl and then re-installing it, 
however i have never tried this before and i am pretty scared of messing 
up a production server i have extremely difficult physical access to.

If the problem is indeed caused by a perl module MailScanner installed, 
does anybody know how to solve this problem?


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