Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I restart clamav and review logs and see this

Mon Jan 11 11:14:49 2010 -> +++ Started at Mon Jan 11 11:14:49 2010
Mon Jan 11 11:14:49 2010 -> clamd daemon 0.90.1 (OS: linux-gnu, ARCH: i386, CPU: i486)
Mon Jan 11 11:14:49 2010 -> Log file size limit disabled.
Mon Jan 11 11:14:49 2010 -> Reading databases from /var/lib/clamav

seems that clamav don't finish read the database. There are othe log entries and it seems reading the database needs up to 6 hours (!). Also clamav takes most CPU.

share|improve this question
up vote 0 down vote accepted

It's a known problem with clamav old versions, try to update clamav to latest version ( 0.95.3 )

Quote from

All ClamAV releases older than 0.95 are affected by a bug in freshclam which prevents incremental updates from working with signatures longer than 980 bytes.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.