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Subject:   Sentry does not appear to recurse sub-directories
Date:   2005-12-24 08:26:33
From:   chinarut
First, kudos to a very well written article!

I instlled Sentry and after downloading each of the eicar test files, it worked great.

"Be careful not to add folders containing heavily nested folders, as this can eventually lead to slowdowns."

I want to note that the behaviour of the Sentry doesn't appear to recurse subdirectories.

I tested this a few ways:

1) I created a subdirectory called "eicar AV test files" and downloaded all 4 files -> no detection. I dragged the file to the parent directory and it gets immediatley detected.

2) I tried to reconfigure and relaunch the Sentry thinking it might recurse on reconfiguration but nope - same behaviour.

This is just a heads up - because of the active menu bar icon, it's really easy to tell whether a directory is being monitored!

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  • FJ de Kermadec photo Sentry does not appear to recurse sub-directories
    2005-12-28 10:45:24  FJ de Kermadec | O'Reilly Blogger [View]


    First of all, thank you very much for your kind words, I really do appreciate them!

    I tested the sentry on my machines by using the procedure you describe and it indeed appears the current OS/application/engine/definitions combo does not make for recursive analysis. That is definitely not consistent with the results of my initial lookups so I will be sure to bring it up to the attention of the author.

    Thanks for letting us know!