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Date:      Tue, 6 Aug 2002 21:29:21 +1200
From:      Jonathan Chen <>
To:        "Charles K. MacKay" <>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: What, in general, does "bad fd" mean?
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On Tue, Aug 06, 2002 at 04:00:26AM -0400, Charles K. MacKay wrote:

> We are getting a "bad fd" error message when we try to restart a virus
> scanner.

Bad fd = Bad file descriptor.

> What, in general, does this mean? What should we correct? Reference?

It usually means that the code is bad (in your case the virus scanner).
This can also be due to misconfiguration of some/all of the software
Jonathan Chen <>
                "If everything's under control, you're going too slow"
                                                      - Mario Andretti

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