[clamav-users] Freshclam slows down boot on MX Linux (Debian)

Micah Snyder (micasnyd) micasnyd at cisco.com
Mon Aug 12 09:24:04 EDT 2019

This may be related, another user had noted that freshclam was starting before it had network access, and had us add a network-online dependency to the service file.  This change will be present in the 0.102 release, but you can always add it manually to your clamav-freshclam.service file:


On 8/12/19, 9:17 AM, "clamav-users on behalf of Paul B. via clamav-users" <clamav-users-bounces at lists.clamav.net on behalf of clamav-users at lists.clamav.net> wrote:

    I've been finding for some time now that I have a 10-15 second delay
    before my machine settles down after a boot. It doesn't always happen,
    but usually does. Perhaps it's a first boot of the day issue, I'm not
    sure. But on opening Task manager I see that it is Freshclam
    consistently causing the extended CPU activity.
    I tried using the ClamTK interface / Update assistant to select manual
    updates, but that makes no difference in Freshclam's operation.
    What I'm looking for is a way to delay Freshclam's search for updates
    upon booting, something like 2 minutes; or in general, to have more
    control over its scheduling. I don't see a relevant parameter in
    /etc/clamav/freshclam.conf, or anything in the crontab folders. My MX
    Linux system uses init.d rather than system.d.
    Thanks for any help!
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