Console CLI Terror

Now many of you may find this amusing, especially because I have been a delighted, happy SuSE user in excess of 7 years, my box has been trouble free and flawless there is nothing Windoze does that my box doesn’t do excluding blue screen, which is a Windoze option I can do without. In all these years I have never once had to go to the command line, every thing I have ever wanted “just worked”( how M$ of me to make such a statement ) pardon me please!

Now for the first time I have to compile clam av for an upgrade and I haven’t the slightest idea of how to do it, the install log says “User clam av (and/or group clam av) doesn’t exist. Please read the documentation !” which I have and I’m still clueless, is it under bin? home/user?

It is obvious I have no concept of Linux command structure and suffer from personal terror of rototilling a perfectly good system. Can anyone suggest an on line resource so I may educate myself?

System details: Epox/VIA-KT 880, AMD Athlon XP3200 Barton 1.6Ghz, 1 GB DDR, SuSE 11.0,
250GB WD-IDE.

11.0 is still supported, you should not have to compile clamav, it suffices to get the latest updates from the repo.

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I would hope their documentation would cover this but creating those users
and groups is trivial:

#create ‘clamav’ group
sudo /usr/sbin/groupadd clamav

#create ‘clamav’ user with primary group of ‘clamav’
sudo /usr/sbin/useradd -m -g clamav clamav

#optionally set password of ‘clamav’ user
sudo /bin/passwd clamav

These assume that the user must be named ‘clamav’ and associated with a
primary group of ‘clamav’ as well, which may not be what clamav is after.
You could just forget about the AV stuff anyway unless you plan on
inoculating files for windows users who have access to something this box
has access to for them. I’ve never used it (and have used Linux longer
than you have) and have never, to my knowledge, had a virus infect my
system. Using good practices and a secure OS prevents them mostly even
when they do exist.

Good luck.

dazedandconfuzed wrote:
> Now many of you may find this amusing, especially because I have been a
> delighted, happy SuSE user in excess of 7 years, my box has been trouble
> free and flawless there is nothing Windoze does that my box doesn’t do
> excluding blue screen, which is a Windoze option I can do without. In
> all these years I have never once had to go to the command line, every
> thing I have ever wanted “just worked”( how M$ of me to make such a
> statement ) pardon me please!
>
> Now for the first time I have to compile clam av for an upgrade and I
> haven’t the slightest idea of how to do it, the install log says “User
> clam av (and/or group clam av) doesn’t exist. Please read the
> documentation !” which I have and I’m still clueless, is it under bin?
> home/user?
>
> It is obvious I have no concept of Linux command structure and suffer
> from personal terror of rototilling a perfectly good system. Can anyone
> suggest an on line resource so I may educate myself?
>
> System details: Epox/VIA-KT 880, AMD Athlon XP3200 Barton 1.6Ghz, 1 GB
> DDR, SuSE 11.0,
> 250GB WD-IDE.
>
>
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To elaborate, I suspect the reason you want to compile from source is a message in your mail logs from freshclam saying that your version is out of date. However what SUSE and other vendors do is backport fixes and patch bugs but keep the version numbering the same. So that message is a false positive and can be ignored.