[clamav-users] daily.cvd vs daily.cld

Al Varnell alvarnell at mac.com
Thu Jul 3 19:38:14 EDT 2014

On Jul 3, 2014, at 11:51 AM, Chris <cpollock at embarqmail.com> wrote:

> It's been awhile since I used ClamAv wasn't there something one time
> about using either one or the other of the two databases listed above?

They are supposed to be identical, so yes you would use one or the other.
daily.cvd is a compressed file and cld is not.

> I had restarted awhile ago and got this warning:
> Starting Clam AntiVirus Daemon: LibClamAV Warning:
> **************************************************
> LibClamAV Warning: ***  The virus database is older than 7 days!  ***
> LibClamAV Warning: ***   Please update it as soon as possible.    ***
> LibClamAV Warning: **************************************************
> I downloaded the daily.cvd and the error went away.

Are you not running freshclam periodically to keep daily.cld up-to-date?  Update files are normally available several times a day.  freshclam will check to see if there have been any updates posted since the last check, then download daily.diff files, decompress daily.cvd if necessary and integrate them resulting in daily.cld.  If for some reason it is unable to obtain the .diff files then it will download a new, updated daily.cvd for you.

Al Varnell
Mountain View, CA

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