4.3. Installing Qmail-Scanner
We are now ready to install Qmail-Scanner. Download the latest source of
Qmail-Scanner. As of the writing of this HOWTO, it is 1.20.
Create a user for Qmail-Scanner to run as.
#useradd qscand -g qscand -c "qmail scanner" -s /nonexistent
Unpack the tar ball and change to the Qmail-Scanner directory.
#tar -zxvf qmail-scanner-1.20.tar.gz
Run Configure to autodetect what software is installed on your system.
Review the output to make sure it is correct. It should look similar to this:
This script will search your system for the virus scanners it knows
about, and will ensure that all external programs
qmail-scanner-queue.pl uses are explicitly pathed for performance
It will then generate qmail-scanner-queue.pl - it is up to you to install it
Continue? ([Y]/N) <PRESS ENTER>
Found tnef on your system! That means we'll be able to decode stupid
M$ attachments :-)
The following binaries and scanners were found on your system:
Content/Virus Scanners installed on your System
clamuko=/usr/local/bin/clamdscan (which means clamscan won't be used as clamdscan is better)
virus-admin=root@mail --substitute you domain here
local-domains='mail' --substitute your domain here
If that looks correct, I will now generate qmail-scanner-queue.pl
for your system...
Continue? ([Y]/N)<PRESS ENTER>
This installs qmail-scanner-queue.pl and creates the necessary directory
structures. You should see similar messages as before. Once again, read the
output of the script to make sure everything is correct. If it is press
ENTER to install Qmail-scanner.
If qmail has been installed successfully, qmail-scanner-queue.pl should
now be installed. You should see qmail-scanner-queue.pl in /var/qmail/bin.
If you do not see qmail-scanner-queue.pl in /var/qmail/bin, then execute
the configure script again. Please pay attention to the output of the script
and verify that all of the settings are correct. You can also visit the
Qmail-scanner mail-archives at