Feature Request - Include: <file>

Derek Winkler dwinkler at ALGORITHMICS.COM
Mon Dec 16 20:51:58 GMT 2002

I've given this some consideration and one of the problems with cat'ing the
files together is timing.

I don't know when exactly to do it so that when MS is started it gets the
most recent versions.

If I cat the files together every x minutes, I could miss out on just under
x minutes worth of updates when MS restarts.

The beauty of the Include parameter is that when MS restarts it grabs the
latest versions, whether it was restarted via the operator, the cron entry
or the automatic restart.

Hope I've made my case for the Include feature but if not will start


Derek Winkler
Security Administrator
Algorithmics Inc., Toronto
Tel: (416) 217-4107
Fax: (416) 971-6263

-----Original Message-----
From: Julian Field [mailto:mailscanner at ecs.soton.ac.uk]
Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2002 5:33 AM
To: MAILSCANNER at jiscmail.ac.uk
Subject: Re: Feature Request - Include: <file>

All you need to do is just regularly "cat" the separate files together and
then "reload" MailScanner so that it reads the new whitelist file. Then all
the edits will be happening to other files, and you could even syntax-check
them as you cat them together.

At 15:04 11/12/2002, you wrote:

>I've created a process whereby a user can fill out a form and get a
>specific from and to email added to the whitelist.
>Works great, I don't have to do administration for requests like "My
>wife's email is marked as spam."
>My script is having to edit the spam.whitelist.rules file itself.
>It would be great if rules files supported an Include: <some other file>
>directive so that you could have one file for individual user whitelist
>rules, one for each department, each could have different permissions...
>That way I wouldn't have to worry as much about my script corrupting the
>main spam.whitelist.rules
>Thanks for the great work,
>Derek Winkler
>Security Administrator
>Algorithmics Inc., Toronto
>Tel: (416) 217-4107
>Fax: (416) 971-6263

Julian Field
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