ClamAv updater failed

Julian Field MailScanner at
Fri Apr 22 10:04:15 IST 2005

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Dhawal Doshy wrote:

> Steen, Glenn wrote:
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: MailScanner mailing list
>>> [mailto:MAILSCANNER at JISCMAIL.AC.UK] On Behalf Of Lance Haig
>>> Sent: den 22 april 2005 09:45
>>> Subject: Re: ClamAv updater failed
>>> Dhawal,
>>> Sorry forgot to paste :-)
>>> This is what shows up in the log
>>> ClamAV-autoupdate[6312]: ClamAV updater failed
>> Does "freshclam -v" show any problems? Do you have any errors in
>> /tmp/ClamAV.update.log (or wherever...)?
>> -- Glenn
> If freshclam is working fine, the next thing to check is this parameter
> in MailScanner.conf..
> Monitors for ClamAV Updates = /var/clamav/*.cvd (my value)
> Monitors for ClamAV Updates = /usr/local/share/clamav/*.cvd (default
> value)
> Also clamav-autoupdate (in my case) requires the presence of
> /usr/local/bin/freshclam (default rpm path being /usr/bin/freshclam), so
> a softlink should do the trick iff (if and only if) required.

You must always put the pathname (indicated at the end of the relevant
line in virus.scanners.conf) on the end of the command-line for all the
updaters. This is essential as it tells the updater where the virus
scanner is actually installed.

Don't run them without this unless you want really random results.

Julian Field
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