Cannot update klamav virus signature

Asked by Epson

Kubuntu 10.04.
When running klamav 0.46 with clamav 96.1 and I try to upate the virus signatures I get:
The database directory must be writable for UID 1000 or GID 1000.

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Mitch Towner (kermiac) said :

Thank you for taking the time to report this issue and helping to make Ubuntu better. Examining the information you have given us, this does not appear to be a bug report so we are closing it and converting it to a question in the support tracker. We appreciate the difficulties you are facing, but it would make more sense to raise problems you are having in the support tracker at if you are uncertain if they are bugs. For help on reporting bugs, see

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arochester (arochester) said :

You need start Clamav from a Terminal with the command: gksudo clamav

This will give you sudo rights.

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GREG T. (ubuntuer) said :

try this open clam click the help tab -then click about - there is a web site listed there click it , at the page it takes you to scroll down to download ubuntu/debain , click it to download the updates ,- save to download file . now close out everything . go to places -downloads - right click the file you just downloaded and install with getdeb package installer . it will say an older version is installed close it and install the newer download . then close and check .

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Epson (epson-deactivatedaccount) said :

I'm using kde.
When I had kubuntu 8.04 installed I was able to update my virus signatures using the gui (klamav).
I'm using the latest clamav since I have the ppa installed in my sources.
You can close this, I'll post to a ubuntu forum instead.
Thx for replying everyone.

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