amavis[12345]: (12345-02) (!)file utility failed: exit 1

Michael Grimm trashcan at
Wed Oct 23 12:00:40 UTC 2013

Hi --

This is FreeBSD (9.2-STABLE, r256062), amavisd-new 2.8.0, and file 5.15. Mailserver including amavisd is running in a service jail.

After a recent port upgrade of file to 5.15, I do get warnings like shown in the subject line. In order to debug that issue I did replace the file 5.15 by the file 5.11 executable, and well, now those warning messages disappeared.

Here my questions:

1. Do others see those warning messages as well, running the combination amavisd-new 2.8.0 and file 5.15?
2. Can one safely ignore those messages?
3. May "$file = '/usr/bin/file';" in amavisd.conf function as a valid workaround for the time being?
  (I have to admit that I didn't dare testing that, yet)

Thanks and with kind regards,

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