MailScanner 4.78

Garrod M. Alwood Garrod.Alwood at
Thu Nov 5 14:48:33 GMT 2009

I have found that if you comment out that line it fixes the issue also and I haven't seen any adverse affects on my servers at all.

Garrod M. Alwood
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From: mailscanner-bounces at [mailscanner-bounces at] On Behalf Of Glenn Steen [glenn.steen at]
Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2009 7:48 AM
To: MailScanner discussion
Subject: Re: MailScanner 4.78

2009/11/3 Antony Stone <Antony.Stone at>:
> On Monday 02 November 2009 15:10, Ryan Ivey wrote:
>> MailScanner.conf says "Virus Scanners = clamav"
>> Found these virus scanners installed: clamavmodule
> You do realise that these are not the same thing, I hope?
Anthony... When MS does the lint, it'll "prefer" clamavmodule or clamd
over clamav. But there need eb no "differing installs". So the look of
things is actually quite normal, apart from noone really using clamav
(the clamscan command) anymore, since it is too bog slow/costly to
use. Actually, the clamavmodule is deprecated too, since it'll eat too
much memory;-).

> They're the same virus scanning engine, but two different versions, which are
> used in very different ways - "clamav" is a command-line scanner, whereas
> "clamavmodule" is a Perl module which talks directly to the scanning engine
> and is more efficient in use.
As said, this looks quite normal. No need to worry;-).

> You might be better off leaving the config setting as "Virus Scanners = auto"
> so that MailScanner can use whatever you really do have installed.

Well, yes and no... If one uses MailWatch, that one will need
understand what auto means (which it doesn't... You'll have to make an
"auto" VIRUS_REGEXP case statement that match the first one found...
perhaps not what you want... Better then to be explicit:-).
Also, if the aim is (as I suspect) to move to clamd (which is the sane
choice, these days), there's no need to be less than explicit

-- Glenn
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