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    Default Clamd: ERROR: Unable to lock database directory!

    I have some problems on zcs OSS 4.5.9 about clamd. Recently, my clamd usually happens the following error:
    ERROR: reload db failed: Unable to lock database directory
    Terminating because of a fatal error.
    Pid file removed.

    and when i use "zmcontrol status" and receive "zmclamdctl is not running".

    I stop zimbra and start again, the system operates normally for some minutes. Each time, clamd reloads database from /opt/zimbra/clamav/db, the problem will happen.
    I wonder if they have any bugs in clamav.

    Thanks for regard.

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    could you check the permissions on /opt/zimbra/clamav/db please.

    they may be incorrect and require a zmfixperms to sort it out. would also make sure all other permissions are correct aswell.

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    I don't think that is my problem. The permission is right. I realize that: when i start zimbra, it start normally, clamd is loaded. But each time, the system reloads database of clamd automatically, this error happen.

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    found this on a mailing list :-

    > this night my clamd-process terminated with an error. The reason was
    > that freshclam took too long to do its update, so that clamd could not
    > lock the database. So clamd exited. But this behaviour is very fatal
    > because the mail system (postfix with amavis) relys on clamd, so if it
    > is down, the whole mail traffic is blocked!! Caused of an error while
    > updating......
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    is this happening then just after freshclam runs ?

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    I think this is the problem which i 'm encountering. At present, i don't permit clamav to update from internet. So, if you have any ways to prevent freshclam from taking too long to to its updates.

    Many thanks,

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