Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux / UNIX: Scanning symbolically linked items

  • Article ID: 10145
  • Updated: 03 Jan 2013
By default, Sophos Anti-Virus for UNIX/Linux scans items pointed to by symbolic links. This action can be enabled or disabled with the --follow-symlinks and --no-follow-symlinks options.

To avoid scanning items more than once, use the --backtrack-protection option.  This option prevents symlinks being followed more than once when the target is a directory that has already been scanned.  However, symlinks to regular files will still be followed more than once. 

NOTE: The above options are applicable to on-demand scans executed with sweep (SAV4) or savscan (SAV7/9)

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