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       clamfs - an anti-virus protected file system


       clamfs <configuration.file>


       This manual page documents briefly the ClamFS user-space file system.

       clamfs  is  a  program that mount anti-virus protected file system into existing directory

       * User-space file system (no kernel patches, recompilation, etc.)

       * Configuration stored in XML files

       * FUSE (and libfuse) used as file system back-end

       * Scan files using ClamAV

       * ScanCache (LRU with time-based and out-of-memory expiration) speeds up file access

       * Sends mail to administrator when detect virus

       ClamFS is completely user-space anti-virus solution for Linux.  It uses libfuse and  Linux
       kernel module to provide file system.  ClamAV is used as anti-virus scanner.

       Normally  program  (or  library)  uses glibc open() call to obtain file descriptor.  Glibc
       calls kernel VFS to open file regardless of file system used.  If file is on  ClamFS  file
       system  open  call  from  VFS  is directed to user-space by FUSE.  ClamFS calls libfuse to
       communicate with FUSE and through it with VFS.

       ClamFS is spitted into four parts:

       * libfuse bindings -- used to communicate with FUSE (and with VFS through it),

       * ScanCache -- store (per file) results of anti-virus scanning to speed up  future  open()

       * ScanQueue -- queue files for scanning

       * clamd / libclamav bindings -- communicate with anti-virus scanner


       This program uses only one command line argument - configuration file name.


       fusermount(1), clamd(8), clamdscan(1), clamscan(1), freshclam(1).
       ClamFS Project Page:


       ClamFS  and  this  manual page was written by Krzysztof Burghardt <>
       and may be freely distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

                                           09 Feb 2007                                  CLAMFS(1)