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How do I install Debathena on top of an existing Ubuntu or Debian distribution running Sophos Anti-Virus?


  • You have a Ubuntu or Debian distribution running the Sophos Anti-Virus provided by IS&T.
  • You wish to install Debathena on top of your existing Ubuntu or Debian distribution.


Sophos Anti-Virus prevents access to AFS on Athena, so you have to exclude the AFS cell directories from scanning before installation. You can do so either via the command line or a web browser.

Option 1: using the command line

You must have access to the root account.
  1. Open the command prompt and enter
    sudo /opt/sophos-av/bin/savconfig add ExcludeFilePaths /var/cache/openafs/ /afs/
  2. Reboot your computer and proceed with the installation of Debathena.

Option 2: using a web browser

  1. Direct your web browser to http://localhost:8081.
  2. Click on the "Exclusions" tab.
  3. Enter your Sophos account username and password when prompted.
  4. In the "File Scanning Exclusions" box, add the new entries /var/cache/openafs/ and /afs/ under "Files or directories (with or without wildcards)".
    Result: You should see the screen
    Screenshot of Sophos web browser interface
  5. Reboot your computer and proceed with the installation of Debathena.
For more information on using Sophos, please refer to the Sophos user guide .

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April 26, 2016

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