can't quite get clamd working properly

Kate Kleinschafer kate at
Wed Nov 5 21:40:03 GMT 2008

René Berber wrote:
> Kate Kleinschafer wrote:
>> René Berber wrote:
>>> Kate Kleinschafer wrote:
>>>> I am getting the error Cannot find Socket (/tmp/clamd) Exiting!
>>> That means you have more then one installation (of whatever is
>>> "Exiting!") and the old version is the one writing that complaint (long,
>>> long ago, clamd used /tmp/clamd as default name for the socket, of
>>> course you could still use it with newer versions but since you showed
>>> your configuration is different...)
>> hmmm I think I have only installed clamav once. This is a new server
>> that I have built and I don't think I have it installed twice.
> Sorry for the double answer, but I don't think clamav is the one doing
> the complaining, it is something else (that's why I said *whatever* is
> "Exiting!") which should be clear with the complete log line.
> Whatever is complaining is the one that expects /tmp/clamd as a socket
> name.  Do you have clamdwatch or similar?
I don't think I have clamdwatch - I checked the logs and the full lines were
LOCAL: Removing stale socket file /tmp/clamd.socket
LOCAL: Unix socket file /tmp/clamd.socket

I'm wondering if it was becuase in the virus.scanners.conf i had the lines
clamav        /usr/lib/MailScanner/clamav-wrapper    /usr/local
clamd        /bin/false                /usr/local
clamavmodule    /bin/false                /tmp

I have now changed them to
clamav        /usr/lib/MailScanner/clamav-wrapper    /usr
clamd        /bin/false                /usr
clamavmodule    /bin/false                /usr

so hopefully this will fix the problem.

Thank you very much for your help with this.

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