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Re: BUG: clamav packages badly broken

Kevin Fenzi wrote:

Are you using amavis packages from dag? or amavisd-new from
epel/fedora? The two versions are very tied to the clamav version from
the same repo.

Dag. IIRC, his repo provided clamav, amavisd-new and stuff like that before Fedora / EPEL, and his packages always worked correctly, so I haven't even bothered to verify if such packages are available outside of dag.wieers.com. Until a few days ago, "yum update" failed on el5 due to a clamav conflict.

To make it clear, I'm not a dag.wieers.com partisan, I just want to use whatever software works and is easiest to use.

amavisd-new from fedora/epel should just work out of the box. It has the clamd start script in it due to the way the clamav package
in fedora is setup.

These have been in fedora for ages...

Oh great, that rot has been lingering there for ages and now other packages must work around the bug in the clamav packages. :-(

So, let me recap what I know and perhaps someone will think of a
brilliant solution:
- The fedora clamav maintainer wants to do things the way the package
is currently setup. They don't want to change it to be more simple/easy
to understand, or fix it to be more usable. This package meets all the
package guidelines.
- I attempted to setup a clamav for epel that was based on the dag
rpms. However, amavisd-new, klamav, and other packages in fedora (and
thus epel) depend on clamav being packaged in the way that it is. This


It's not that other packages have just to work around the broken clamav packages, but they need to make the assumption that the bug is there in order to be able to use clamav.

would mean all those other packages would have to rework their specs
for the clamav package.
- The amavisd-new maintainer in fedora/epel reluctantly agreed to
maintain the fedora version in EPEL.
So, I don't see much way out... we go with the version currently in
fedora/epel, unless someone can talk the maintainer (and the
maintainers of all the dependent packages) into changing the package. Any other ideas?

Back to using Dag's repo - setup all sorts of yum exceptions, so that the broken EPEL packages do not interfere with the good packages provided by Dag. Welcome to the repo hell. :-(

Florin Andrei


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