Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux: running on-access scanning on the same computer as PureMessage for UNIX

  • Article ID: 25594
  • Updated: 06 Nov 2008

Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux and PureMessage for UNIX will both function fully on the same computer if the default configuration and the following exclusion are used.

Note: The PureMessage for UNIX documentation recommends that no superfluous software should be run on the mail server, and this includes any on-access virus scanner other than Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux.

What to do

If you install PureMessage for UNIX, including Sendmail or Postfix, to the default location, then add the following exclusion:



  • If you installed PureMessage for UNIX to a non-default location, then you will need to exclude that location instead.
  • If you did not install the packaged Sendmail or Postfix, but have a separate Sendmail or Postfix installation, then you will also need to exclude those directories.
  • Do not enable MIME detection in any copy of Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux run on the same server as PureMessage for UNIX.

If you need more information or guidance, then please contact technical support.

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