[Pkg-clamav-devel] Please unblock clamav-data

Michael Tautschnig mt at debian.org
Wed Sep 8 11:11:42 UTC 2010

Hi all,

Sorry for a very late reply on this one.

> Marc,
> On 08/16/2010 10:56 AM, Marc Haber wrote:
> >Please unblock clamav-data as this will bring more virus signatures
> >into lenny. The package is built and tested automatically inside the
> >debian-volatile infrastructure.
> well, it's neither built nor tested inside the debian-volatile
> infrastructure, but outside of it.  Apart from that, please see [0].
> The volatile infrastructure for squeeze will be hosted on
> ftp-master.  Unless ftp-master agrees (Cc'ed) to have automatic
> building and testing somewhere trusted and installed into the main
> archive without a developer's signature, I don't see how we can
> continue this service.  Technically it might work for data packages
> like this to ensure they only contain data, on the other hand,
> setting up a local mirror for clamav isn't hard.  (Basically setting
> up freshclam and pointing a vhost to it, then pointing the clamav
> hosts to it.)  It might be better documented in the packaging of
> clamav, though (maintainers Cc'ed).


I have no idea whether you have already come to a conclusion regarding
clamav-data. Noting a fairly high number of users as counted via popcon I think
that removing clamav-data should at least be worth a note in the release notes.

Speaking as clamav maintainer, that might also be a proper place for the
suggested documentation of setting up a local mirror. The only other option
seems to be the freshclam man page, but if we specifically want to target prior
users of the clamav-data package, that might not be the best place. And yes, it
really is a simple as pointing some $webserver to /var/lib/clamav on a host
running freshclam. Two sentences in whatever documentation should suffice.

Best regards,

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