BUG: clamav packages badly broken

Kevin Fenzi kevin at tummy.com
Mon Dec 31 18:30:37 UTC 2007

On Sat, 29 Dec 2007 22:40:22 +0100
bugs.michael at gmx.net (Michael Schwendt) wrote:

> On Sat, 29 Dec 2007 14:06:13 -0700, Kevin Fenzi wrote:
> > - freshclam should work when the package is installed. Currently it
> > requires you to comment a line in a script for no reason I can
> > tell. 
> Cannot find this in bugzilla. The /etc/sysconfig script disables the
> automatic update on purpose (to prevent unauthorized network access)
> and warns the user about that default. What is wrong with that?

Where is there a requirement that network access should require
configuration changes? Should we modify any other network accessing
services to require a config change before using the network?

What good would clamav be on a machine thats not on a network and what
good is it with no up 2 date virus definitions? 

> > - freshclam should not mail "root,postmaster,webmaster,clamav" on
> > any output. 
> Is this in bugzilla?
> It also mails warnings and errors.

No, I can file it I suppose. 

> > - freshclam should be set to use your local country mirror for
> > updates. 
> Is this in bugzilla?

No. I can file it I suppose. 

> > - The milter should work with postfix. 
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/239037


> > - The subpackages should be reduced and named in a way that an end
> > user could possibly know what they need to install for the
> > functionality they are looking for. For example, the upstream docs
> > and every other package talks about the 'freshclam' update program,
> > it's not easy to know that in fedora thats in the 'clamav-update'
> > package. 
> Just a %doc issue so far, IMO. Unless it is ruled that clamav
> must be in a single package.

Well, I agree it's a matter of package maintainers desires, but I don't
think all the docs in the world will help. This thread is proof of

> > - The useless 'sysv' subpackages should be folded into the other
> > subpackages until such a time as fedora stops using sysvinit by
> > default.
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/322381 - WONTFIX


> > - clamscan looks for a /etc/clamd.conf file for config options,
> > which is not in that place. If it was it wouldn't work because it
> > needs a line commented before it's a valid config file. 

I guess I should file this as well. 

> > - The package could not remove the clamav user on removal. 

This I guess is part of the fedora-usermanagement setup. 

> > I'm sure I could look around for more issues. 
> > 
> > > Why can't a volunteer create and maintain a clamav configuration
> > > add-on package, which offers a single system-wide clamav daemon if
> > > that is requested by the clamav user base in Fedora/EPEL?
> > 
> > I suppose someone could... thats not my issue however. My issues
> > are in the clamav package itself, not just not having a system wide
> > clamd. 
> The list is interesting, but it adds more than what I thought has
> been the primary (only?) issue with the Fedora clamav packages.

Really? So the only real issue you see is that there is no system wide
clamd setup? 


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