freshclam.log is locked by another process

freshclam.log is locked by another process
You may get the error "freshclam.log is locked by another process" while running “freshclam”. This article will help you to resolve this error.

You may get the error “freshclam.log is locked by another process” while running “freshclam”.

ERROR: /var/log/clamav/freshclam.log is locked by another process
ERROR: Problem with internal logger (UpdateLogFile = /var/log/clamav/freshclam.log).


As in error, your “freshclam.log” is currently blocked. This means there could be another “freshclam” process running in your system. Please run the following command to verify this.

ps aux | grep fresh
clamroot 3230 0.0 0.1 8688 1100 ? S 02:39 0:00 /bin/sh /etc/cron.hourly/freshclam
root 3231 0.0 0.0 8780 732 ? S 02:39 0:00 awk -v progname=/etc/cron.hourly/freshclam progname {????? print progname ":n"????? progname="";???? }???? { print; }
clamav 3238 0.6 0.3 44744 4188 ? S 02:39 0:02 /usr/bin/freshclam --quiet --datadir=/var/clamav --log=/var/log/clamav/freshclam.log --verbose --daemon-notify=/etc/clamd.conf
root 3284 0.0 0.0 7216 820 pts/0 S+ 02:45 0:00 grep freshclam


As you can see, there are some other freshclam processes running in your system. So kill them all

killall freshclam


Now you will be able to run freshclam.

ClamAV update process started at Wed May 22 02:45:39 2013
main.cvd is up to date (version: 54, sigs: 1044387, f-level: 60, builder: sven)
Downloading daily.cvd [100%]
daily.cvd updated (version: 17258, sigs: 1297275, f-level: 63, builder: neo)
Downloading bytecode.cvd [100%]bytecode.cvd updated (version: 214, sigs: 41, f-level: 63, builder: neo)
Database updated (2341703 signatures) from (IP:
WARNING: Clamd was NOT notified: Can't connect to clamd through /var/run/clamav/clamd.sock
connect(): No such file or directory


Please do not worry about the warning. You are getting this warning because ClamAV is not running. Just start the ClamAV, and you won’t get that warning.

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