SpamAssassin timeout

InvictaNet Customer Support support at INVICTANET.CO.UK
Tue Jan 7 15:14:55 GMT 2003

From: MailScanner mailing list [mailto:MAILSCANNER at JISCMAIL.AC.UK]On
Behalf Of Julian Field
Sent: 07 January 2003 14:40
Subject: Re: SpamAssassin timeout

At 12:56 07/01/2003, you wrote:
>On Tue, 7 Jan 2003, InvictaNet Customer Support wrote:
> > Since mid afternoon yesterday, spamassassin has timed out every time. I
> have
> > tried increasing the timeout period to 30 seconds but that didn't help.
> >
> > Where can I find information on what is causing the timeout? -
> > itself doesn't seem to have a problem and viruses are being detected ok.
>Ah!  Interesting.
>Around 11:00 GMT/UT yesterday (Mon 6th Jan), I noticed our MailScanner
>inbound queue similarly started piling up and not clearing.  Likewise we
>got SpamAssassin timeouts and I ended up inserting "skip_rbl_checks 1"
>into "spam.assassin.prefs.conf" which seemed to avoid the immediate
>As far as I know there were no local changes coincident with this (it had
>been running happily since well before the Christmas holiday).
>We are:
>   Redhat 7.3
>   MailScanner: 4.05-3
>   SpamAssassin 2.43
>   configuration policy: as delivered, change as little as possible
>   ~25,000 emails per day
>Is there someone on this list who knows the murky depths of SpamAssassin
>and their interaction with MailScanner?  (I don't!)  My suspicion is that
>some RBL check, called from SpamAssassin, is in trouble, and that
>SpamAssassin's timeouts (either internally or as guided somehow by
>MailScanner) are not behaving properly.

Have a look in your maillog for
         SpamAssassin timed out and was killed
This should be followed by the failure number, which will hopefully slowly
count up from 1. What log entries have you got of this type?
Julian Field
MailScanner thanks transtec Computers for their support

I don't know about slowly.......
Mine went from 1 to 10 quite rapidly. Since I disabled the RBL checks
everything has gone fine.

Martyn Routley
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