[Mimedefang] Problem running virus scanner:

Philip Goisman goisman at physics.arizona.edu
Mon Jan 28 16:59:10 EST 2008

The latest mimedefang update (2.64-1 for el4) caused the following
errors in the maillog:

mimedefang.pl Could not connect to clamd daemon at /var/spool/MIMEDefang/clamd.sock
mimedefang.pl Problem running virus scanner: code=999, category=cannot-execute, action=tempfail

This never occurred in the previous version (2.63-1 for el4).
It apparently found /tmp/clamd.socket in the default location specified in

Nevertheless, I entered the following line:

$ClamdSock  = "/tmp/clamd.socket";

in mimedefang-filter right above the lines for CLAMAV and CLAMD as follows:


After this change, the errors are now as follow:

mimedefang.pl Clamd returned error: lstat() failed.
mimedefang.pl Problem running virus scanner: code=999, category=swerr, action=tempfail

Any way to overcome this, or should I reinstall mimedefang-2.63-1.el4.rf?


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