How to restart the Symantec AntiVirus for Linux daemons

Article:TECH102181  |  Created: 2007-01-09  |  Updated: 2012-08-21  |  Article URL
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You need to stop or start Symantec AntiVirus for Linux (SAVFL) as part of a troubleshooting process.


There are two Symantec AntiVirus daemons: symcfgd and rtvscand. To stop/start these daemons, do the following:

You will need to have root access through su or sudo in order to start or stop these daemons.

  1. Open the command prompt.
  2. Navigate to the Symantec AntiVirus installation directory (e.g. 'cd /opt/Symantec/symantec_antivirus')
  3. Shut the daemon(s) down with the command: './ –k shutdown' (e.g. './symcfgd -k shutdown')
  4. Restart the daemon with the command: './' (e.g. './symcfgd')

The daemon symcfgd must be started before rtvscand will start.

Note that Linux commands are case sensitive. The preceding dot-slash is usually necessary unless the PATH environment variable has been set to include the Symantec AntiVirus installlation directory. As a security precaution, Linux will not execute commands that are not found in any of the PATH directories unless the command is fully qualified.

Additional information is available in the Symantec AntiVirus™ for Linux® Implementation Guide. The guides are located in the docs folder of the product CD that contains the Symantec AntiVirus client software for Linux.



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