Robert Fitzpatrick robert at
Tue Mar 9 08:34:01 PST 2004

I am running Postfix 2.0.16 on FreeBSD 5.2.1 and used the FreeBSD port
collection to install amavisd-new. I have this entry recurring in my
amavisd log:

WARN: all primary virus scanners failed, considering backups

I looked on the clamav web site and found this statement:

clamscan is enabled automatically if clamscan binary is found at
amavisd-new starup time. clamd is activated by uncommenting its entry in
the @av_scanners list, file /etc/amavisd.conf.

I see in my amavisd.conf file that the 'Clam Antivirus-clamd' entry
under @av_scanners is commented out, should it not be?

clamscan is what amavisd is resorting to after the Warning, is this a
bad thing? I also found searching the web that something may not be
configured correctly. That seeing this waring means clamav is not
running optimally. Can anyone offer any guidance?


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