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Old 02-02-2012, 09:55 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by frankbell View Post
Odd. I have run AVG for Linux on several machines (I have it on two now) and never encountered this.
On my machine, if I do not stop the avgd daemon and simply shut down the machine...
the pid file gets left behind.

I'm curious, are you running it on a Slackware system?
And if so, how did you handle the creation of the symbolic link?
Old 02-03-2012, 06:01 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by aocab View Post
create an executable file named rc.avgd in /etc/rc.d/
(you can copy and paste the following):
# Start/stop/restart avgd:

avgd_start() {
  avgctl --start

avgd_stop() {
  avgctl --stop

avgd_restart() {
  avgctl --restart

case "$1" in
  echo "usage $0 start|stop|restart"
add the following to the bottom of /etc/rc.d/rc.local
(this will run rc.avgd with the start option so that the
avgd daemon gets started when the system boots up):
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.avgd ]; then
  /etc/rc.d/rc.avgd start
create an executable file named rc.local_shutdown in /etc/rc.d/ and add the following
This will shutdown the avgd daemon when the system shuts down.
(you can copy and paste the following):
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.avgd ]; then
  /etc/rc.d/rc.avgd stop
If the avgd daemon is not shut down the program's lock file (/opt/avg/av/var/run/
gets left behind and it will not start on the next boot claiming that it is already running.

There is a way to get avg to scan files on-access but I have not figured that out yet.
As for the of the announcements on the avg website mentions that the program
does have a GUI interface but looking through the forums I came across several posts
where it is mentioned that there is no GUI packaged with avg for linux.

I did come across a youtube video where someone was using a GUI interface to the avgd
daemon using some python scripts but the scripts are no longer available for download.


On this page there are several links explaining how to enable
on-access scanning but it is for an older version of avg.
I'm not sure if the information applies to the newer versions of avg.

(faq 1749, 1752, and 1753)

Thank you very, cery much! You're lifesaver :d
Old 02-03-2012, 06:08 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by rkelsen View Post

Set up a firewall and be done with it. I've been using Linux on my home desktop since 1999, on a machine which is permanently connected to the internet through a cable modem (without any AV software installed, I might add), and I've never seen a virus.

Don't get me wrong, there are many viruses for Linux... BUT, all of the self-propagating viruses and worms attack services like BIND, Apache or Sendmail, and require these services to self-propagate.

None of these types of services are required to run a desktop, even if you want file & print sharing on a home network.

If you're running Linux on a desktop and have switched off all of the outward facing services which you don't need, the simple fact is that there can never be a Linux virus which comes to you via email and sends itself out to all of your friends before formatting your hard drive. Such a thing does not (and cannot) exist.

For a desktop, I think installing AV software on Linux is a waste of time, effort and money.

Disable services. Be smart with your downloads. Check md5sums. Set up a firewall. You can test firewalls with ShieldsUp at (or similar... that's one that I use and like). According to ShieldsUp, the internet can't see me... and they can't rootkit what they can't see.
I understand Your point of view, but this computer also has a Windows operating system for playing games - when i have free time - and few days ago somebody from my family used Windows...and my computer was infected - Linux helped me to get rid of all viruses, malewares and so on. I know how to use computer, i have never had viruses till last week...Somebody from my family connected either usb device (hdd) or pendrive, and you know the result. That's why - windows wnet down, all programs were broken, nothing worked.


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