Proper way to handle misidentifiedspamsite-wide?

Julian Field mailscanner at
Thu Jun 27 20:36:08 IST 2002

This has taken me about an hour and a half to solve.
Take a look at the attached shell script.
It should do 99% of what you are trying to achieve.

Its syntax is:
         df2mbox dirname [ dirname ... ]
i.e. you can cd into your quarantine directory and do
         df2mbox *
to process all your quarantine directories, or you can just do the
directory that corresponds to yesterday's mail, e.g.
         df2mbox 20020622

It will create a file called "spam.<dirname>" in the current directory, for
each directory name you pass on the command-line. Try doing
         cd /var/spool/MailScanner/quarantine
         df2mbox *
and you'll see what I mean.

You can then point most mail readers, everything from pine to Eudora, at
the spam.* files.

Read the comment at the top of the script for the things I forgot to
mention here.

All donations gratefully received :-)

At 18:52 27/06/2002, you wrote:
>Not hard, no, but not very accurate/usable either.  :)  What is going on is
>that I'm trying to pull all the spam out of our "info" and "help" accounts
>before the people that have to handle such requests see them.  This is why it
>is really all "my" mail -- I don't think there are legal problems are.  The
>problem is that we get tons of spam at these -- because we make the email
>addresses so readily available on web sites and such -- crawlers pick them up
>So, I'm just trying to filter most of that out before it ever gets to them to
>see at all -- but want to check for errors.  So, just for fun, here are some
>of the subjects from our quarantine (ie. marked as spam already) using your
>qfg5QM7D128287:H??Subject: help...
>qfg5QMBv131050:H??Subject: Offer
>qfg5QMOo104547:H??Subject: Re: More info?
>qfg5R0Jj104316:H??Subject: Here is what you requested
>qfg5R0Rs109645:H??Subject: YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE
>qfg5R2IS106590:H??Subject: Welcome New Member!
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