Problems calling SpamAssassin

Julian Field jkf at
Mon Feb 11 19:08:20 GMT 2002

At 15:16 11/02/2002, you wrote:
>Whenever I enable SpamAssassin, MailScanner appears take several seconds per
>message to call SpamAssassin and wait for the results. Testing from the
>command line produces the same results - calling spamassassin -t takes 3-4
>seconds per message while calling spamc only takes about a second. Due to
>the volume of mail traffic at our site I had to disable SpamAssassin in
>mailscanner.conf as our incoming mail queue reached about 56,000 messages
>fairly quickly.

Sounds like you've got DNS resolving problems. Have you tried the
skip_rbl_checks option in SpamAssassin? It's in the user_prefs file.
MailScanner calls the SpamAssassin Perl API and therefore does not use the
"spamassassin" script or spamc/spamd.
Julian Field                Teaching Systems Manager
jkf at         Dept. of Electronics & Computer Science
Tel. 023 8059 2817          University of Southampton
                             Southampton SO17 1BJ

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