Ubuntu: What is clamd's function?


I understand that there is currently no real-time AV for Linux, or at least not using ClamAV. So what is clamd's function then? Because that talks about on-access scanning, so what is that if not real-time scanning? And why is it running all the time if it's not a real-time addition to ClamAV?


As you correctly mentioned: ClamAV is an on-access virus scanner and not a real-time scanner.

The ClamAV daemon (clamd) can be used for scanning incoming files automatically, (E.g. mails) without having to scan them manually with ClamAV.

Excerpt from the Ubuntu community help wiki:

Lots of programs, especially e-mail servers, can connect to a ClamAV daemon. This speeds up virus scanning as the program is always in memory.


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