Installing Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux on an unsupported distribution results in an error, such as:
***Unable to copy /tmp/sophos_distribution_fQCa8iw/sophos-av/sav-linux/manifest.spec to /opt/sophos-av/update/manifest.spec: no such file or directory
[Errno 2] no such file or directory: '/tmp/sophos_distribution_fQCa8iw/sophos-av/sav-linux/manifest.spec'
The installation is corrupt and subsequent updates fail:
"/opt/sophos-av' already exists and isn't a valid installation directory.
First seen in
Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux 9.1.1
Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux 9.1.0
Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux 9.0.0
What To Do
Follow these steps:
- Uninstall Sophos Anti-Virus:
- Re-install Sophos Anti-Virus with On-Access scanning disabled. Select 'N' when prompted for on-access scanning during the installation wizard.
Adding on-access capabilities
By default On-Access scanning is not available on unsupported distributions. On-access can be enabled after installation if the required compilation tools are installed.
To enable on-access scanning:
- Compile a Talpa Binary Pack:
- Enable On-Access:
/opt/sophos-av/bin/savconfig set EnableOnStart true
- Restart the daemon:
Sophos plan to resolve the installation error in the February 2013 release of Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux. However, enabling on-access scanning still only takes affect if the required compilation tools are installed.
We recommend to install Sophos Anti-Virus on supported distributions only. For more information see the product system requirements.