SpamAssassin timeout - can't disable RBL check

Magda Hewryk MHewryk at SYMCOR.COM
Tue Jan 7 15:38:18 GMT 2003

For some reason even if I disabled RBL checks  I'm still timeout out from
SpamAssassin.  Yes, I stop/start  MailScanner.

Jan  7 10:28:28 tonka MailScanner[15526]: RBL Check no timed out and was
killed, consecutive failure 1 of 7

Any hints why RBL is still active?

I'm running :
Redhat 7.3
MailScanner: 4.10
SpamAssassin 2.43

1)I've changes RBL check in spam.assassin.prefs.conf file:

# By default, SpamAssassin will run RBL checks.  If your ISP already
# does this, set this to 1.
# skip_rbl_checks 1   - mnh this is by default commented out
skip_rbl_checks 1

2)  I've disabled RBLs from MailScanner.conf file
# This is the list of spam blacklists (RBLs) which you are using.
# See the "Spam List Definitions" file for more information about what
# you can put here.
# This can also be the filename of a ruleset.
# mnh Spam List = ORDB-RBL Infinite-Monkeys # MAPS-RBL+ costs money (except
# mnh Spam List = ORDB-RBL #MAPS-RBL+ costs money (except
Spam List = no


Magda Hewryk
Mid-Range Systems
RSP:   905-273-1637
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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
>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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