[Pkg-clamav-devel] Including 20+ MB of signatures in clamav-base

Michael Tautschnig mt at debian.org
Tue Mar 16 20:39:42 UTC 2010


> While I agree that packages ought not require internet access to be useful, I 
> think that the utility of clamav without updates of some kind is very limited 
> and so the presence of an initial set of signatures does not materially affect 
> the utility of the package.
> I'd appreciate feedback on this.  I don't think dropping the initial signature 
> files hurts users in any material way and will help users with limited 
> bandwidth (the shipped cvd file quickly ages and will need a lot of updates, so 
> it's almost like having to download it twice).

One question seems crucial to me: If we don't ship signatures, would that keep
clamd from starting? Now it might even be a good thing if clamd fails to start
as a non-working clamd is easier to detect for a sysadmin than a semi-working
one. On the other hand, we need a clear message for our users to tell them that
it is somehow *ok* that clamd fails to start.


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