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ClamAV fails to start after updating to the latest version.

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 3 (SLES 11 SP3)


After running a system update which includes the latest ClamAV or manually updating to the latest ClamAV, the ClamAV service fails to start.


Do not change the default ClamAV user and group "vscan" to a custom user and group.

Alternatively, fix the permissions for "/var/lib/clamav" to again point to the custom user and group after an update of the ClamAV RPM.


If a user and group is configured for ClamAV, it is also needed to manually adjust the rights for "/var/lib/clamav", which by default is set to the following;

drwxr-xr-x  vscan  vscan

When updating the RPM, permissions are "restored" to the defaults as the directory is unpacked with the permission settings it was packaged with, resulting in the service not starting anymore.


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  • Document ID:7015128
  • Creation Date: 03-Jun-2014
  • Modified Date:28-Sep-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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