[clamav-users] freshclam -V output

Sean Clark Sean.Clark at servicenow.com
Wed Mar 20 08:12:43 EDT 2019


Thank you so much for the direction! I am still having problems. I get a server working, but I try to apply what I thought was the fix to other servers and it does not work. I am missing the target 😃 Could you/or someone help me with the failure scenarios?

  *   the virus database is not (already) loaded in memory

How do I verify for this?

  *   when clamdscan client cannot connect to clamd daemon
$ps -aux | grep clam
sean.cl+   372  0.0  0.0  13136  1052 pts/0    S+   11:48   0:00 grep clam
$ freshclam -V
ClamAV 0.100.2

I don’t see any daemon running on the servers that are working and not working. What are the connection details for this? Just to recap the problem statement is that ‘freshclam -V’ does not have the right output.


Sean Clark <>  Sr Network Engineer
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From: clamav-users <clamav-users-bounces at lists.clamav.net> on behalf of Arnaud Jacques <webmaster at securiteinfo.com>
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Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 9:43 AM
To: "clamav-users at lists.clamav.net" <clamav-users at lists.clamav.net>
Subject: Re: [clamav-users] freshclam -V output

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Hello Sean,

Le 14/03/2019 à 13:53, Sean Clark via clamav-users a écrit :

I have read through the archives and could not find a solution. Also I apologize in advance as this might be dumb question.  We have our monitoring setup to check the update status from the output of `freshclam -V`. We are using clamav on Ubuntu and CentOS. We cannot figure out what controls the output behavior described below.

This is what we have always seen:
(CentOS Linux release 7.4.1708 (Core))
$ freshclam -V
ClamAV 0.98.7/25387/Wed Mar 13 11:24:46 2019

This is the problem we are facing when porting over to Ubuntu
(Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS)
$ freshclam -V
ClamAV 0.99.4

$ freshclam -V
ClamAV 0.100.2

As you can see its lacking what we believe is the ‘latest definitions update time’. I see the man page says `-V` should just be version so I am not sure how we are getting that time stamp. Any thoughts on this?

It happens when the virus database is not (already) loaded in memory and/or when clamdscan client cannot connect to clamd daemon (tcp or socket problem).


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