McAfee autoupdater debugging

Glenn Steen glenn.steen at
Tue Mar 17 08:38:01 GMT 2009

2009/3/17 Glenn Steen <glenn.steen at>:
> 2009/3/17 Scott Silva <ssilva at>:
>> on 3-16-2009 4:32 PM Scott Silva spake the following:
>>> I need some clues on where to look for a McAfee updater problem on my systems.
>>> One system updates fine but doesn't delete the old dats(CentOS 5.2). Another
>>> system doesn't update at all, but manually running the mcafee-autoupdate
>>> script does update, so it must be in the update_virus_scanner code or
>>> paths(CentOS 4.7).
>>> I don't see any logging done by the update_virus_scanner script.
>> Never mind on the updating, it was a corrupted virus.scanners.conf, but I
>> still need a clue stick on the auto deletion of the old dat files, I will read
>> the code some more in the AM.
> IIRC there simply is none.... Was a while since last I looked though,
> so the usual memory corruption might have happened:-).
> I'll take a look and see what I find. In the mean time, might one
> suggest a "not-so-complex" find/cron solution?;)
> Cheers

As suspected, the cleanup in that script is fairly broken, it seems. A
lot of energy is laid on getting the "previous version", but ... only
that. Seems like the script never reaches the delete part during
normal operation ... unless "-d" is specified, no deletion will take
place anyhow, so ... simplest is likely to do a simple cron thing,
rather than trying to fix the script... or do some manual cleanup once
in a while:-). At least as a fix. Then perhaps go over the logic of
that script a bit more. Seems less than optimal in some ways, when it
comes to cleanup:-).

I might have a minute or two during the next couple of days, although
.. as things are, I cannot promise anything.

-- Glenn
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