To keep up with all the mutations out there it tries to update itself frequently. B default, Plesk sends the system admin an email when this happens – no matter if Dr. Web was successful or if there was a problem.
This is what a sample email looks like:
Dr.Web update details:
Update server: http://update.us1.drweb.com/plesk/700/unix
Update has begun at Thu May 17 03:37:07 2011
Update has finished at Thu May 17 03:38:16 2011
Following files have been updated:
Multiply that email by the number of servers you’re looking after, and you’ll soon have an overflowing inbox.
Here’s the solution: tweak a system file and divert those emails to nowhere.
Have a look at either /etc/cron.daily/drweb-update or if that file doesn’t exist on your system, take a look at /etc/cron.d/drweb-update.
The content of this file should only be one line which calls the actual update routine in crontab format:
*/30 * * * * drweb /opt/drweb/update.pl
Now use your favourite text editor and amend it to this:
*/30 * * * * drweb /opt/drweb/update.pl > /dev/null 2>&1
What this does is to direct the output of the script to null rather than an email (null being a “nothing device” in Linux, hence the text simply disappears).
Case closed. No need to reboot your server either.
Special thanks to Igor and igraf on this Parallels Forum Thread.