ClamAv 0.96 is out

Julian Field MailScanner at
Thu Apr 22 15:20:42 IST 2010

Look in /usr/lib/MailScanner/

In there around line 1212 or so you will find a line that looks like this:
my $MessageDir = tempdir( 'MSlintXXXXXX', CLEANUP => 1);

Change this to read
my $MessageDir = tempdir( 'MSlintXXXXXX', TMPDIR => 1, CLEANUP => 1);

and "MailScanner --lint" will work properly again. I was just putting a 
temporary directory (which I don't use but which needs to be there for 
the code to work) in the wrong place.


On 09/04/2010 09:39, Randal, Phil wrote:
> Scott Silva wrote:
>> on 4-8-2010 12:31 PM Kai Schaetzl spake the following:
>>> Scott Silva wrote on Mon, 05 Apr 2010 16:33:25 -0700:
>>>> Changed
>>>> incoming work user to clamav and changed incoming work group to
>>>> blank...
>>> Thanks for the suggestion, but this doesn't work for me. I changed to
>>> user = clamav and then also removed the group as you did.
>>> The result of that (in both cases) is that the owner of the directory
>>> is now postfix and the error already happens in MS.
>>> Error in tempdir() using MSlintXXXXXX: Parent directory (.) is not
>>> writable  at /usr/lib/MailScanner/MailScanner/ line
>>> 1211
>>> As I said I think there is something wrong about the group ownership
>>> or permissions only in the lint code that wasn't a problem before
>>> 0.96 but now is. Maybe clamav used ftstat before which doesn't need
>>> execute permission.
>>> Kai
>> I guess I should have been more specific. I am using sendmail. Maybe
>> Julian will see this thread when he is free and something will pop in
>> his head. I am also having some problems with the new spamassassin,
>> but I downgraded, as I don't have time to deal with that right now.
> It doesn't work for me with sendmail, either.
> The only workaround I have which works is to comment out
> user clamav
> in /etc/clamd.conf and restart clamd.
> I haven't had the time to dig into MailScanner's lint and virus scanning
> code, alas.
> Cheers,
> Phil


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