[Grml] Virus scanner

Michael Prokop mika at grml.org
Mon Dec 19 03:38:04 CET 2005

* Mark <or2uvma02 at sneakemail.com> [20051219 00:15]:

> > Jupp, this is - very probably - the problem. Virus scanning
> > definitely needs some RAM.

> Maybe so but in that case the proper behavior is a graceful exit.  An
> error message like "out of RAM" can go to stderr.  It is still a bug to
> hang and do nothing.

> I do not know whether the bug is ClamAV itself, or GRML, or Linux, some
> interaction.  But out of memory is a classic testing condition that a
> lot of programmers neglect to handle.

Checking for "enough memory" isn't that easy. Detecting this in a
userspace program like clamav won't really work.

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