Cannot run Clamav

Graham Watkins at
Tue Sep 25 13:07:51 UTC 2007

Bart Silverstrim wrote:
> Markus Schönhaber wrote:
>> Graham Watkins wrote:
>>> I first installed the version shown under Synaptic Package Manager but 
>>> whenever I  tried to run it I was informed that this version was out of 
>>> date and so far as I could tell that was the end of the exercise.
>> End of the exercise? Why? What was the actual problem besides clamav
>> informing you of the availability of a newer upstream release?
>> There even might be a newer version in the backports-repository for your
>> Ubuntu version.
> Just to be clear...are you sure it wasn't telling you the *database* was 
> out of date?
> You'd need to run sudo freshclam to update the virus definitions update 
> for ClamAV.
> -Bart
No, it was telling me the program itself was out of date.  This seems to 
be a problem as by the time we get Ubuntu binaries they are already out 
of date. I would have thought that out of date virus protection was 
better than no virus protection at all. Still, what do I know?


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