Errors filling up /var/log/messages

Philip Parsons pparsons at
Wed Mar 16 20:08:47 UTC 2016

I have never changed that location and I have confirmed it is showing at that location as well

[root at mailscanner log]# ls -la  /var/run/
-rw------- 1 root root 6 Mar 15 09:29 /var/run/

From: MailScanner [ at] On Behalf Of Jerry Benton
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 1:01 PM
To: MailScanner Discussion <mailscanner at>
Subject: Re: Errors filling up /var/log/messages

Check your settings to make sure MailScanner is writing your PID to a directory that exists. (/var/run/ is best to use.) If the PID cannot be created because you are using something like /var/run/MailScanner/, then the cron that checks MailScanner will start a new instance every hour. Pretty soon you are running a ton of MailScanner processes and run out of memory and then ClamAV cannot start or have memory to operate if it is started.

Jerry Benton<>

On Mar 16, 2016, at 3:57 PM, Philip Parsons <pparsons at<mailto:pparsons at>> wrote:

I have the following errors filling up my messages log file

[LibClamAV] mpool_malloc(): Attempt to allocate 8388608 bytes

I am pretty certain it is related to freashclam processes but cannot find a reason why ?

I know it is not the clamav list which I have just joined but hoping someone might have a fix..

Thank you.
Philip Parsons
IT Specialist
Techeez IT Consulting
Skype ID: techeez<> "Making IT easy"

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