SpamAssassin timeout

Randy Herban RHerban at GRAMTEL.NET
Tue Jan 7 16:21:34 GMT 2003

Unfortunately something that I noticed yesterday when the RBL's were offline
was that MailScanner was not ceasing to use spamassassin even though I was
up to 75 consecutive failures out of 20.
I just upgraded to the newest MS-4.11-1 yesterday as well.
RedHat 8.0 if it helps.


-----Original Message-----
From: David Sullivan [mailto:David.Sullivan at BARNET.AC.UK]
Sent: Tuesday, January 07, 2003 10:38 AM
Subject: Re: SpamAssassin timeout

On 7 Jan 2003 at 15:28, Spicer, Kevin wrote:

> > >Is it possible to test if the RBL-server answer and if not just
> > >skip it and do the rest?
> >
> > SpamAssassin can't do that. If you do the RBL checking with
> > MailScanner, it will do what you want. SpamAssassin isn't very
> > robust when services it is
> > using fail.
> >
> My understanding (read assumption!) was that if you use MailScanner to
> do the RBL checks, and then pass to SpamAssassin for further checks
> that any message from a host found in the RBL  will be marked as SPAM,
> even if the spamassassin score would have been lower than the spam
> threshold.  In other words the mailscanner RBL checks and the
> spamassassin checks are completely seperate(?).

I think you're misunderstanding the comment slightly.
If MailScanner doing RBL checks notices that they've timed out a
number of times in a row it will stop using the RBL checks till the
next MailScanner restart.

If you do the RBL checks within SpamAssassin this means that
SpamAssasin as a whole will time out and cannot "disable the RBL
checks" itself (as MailScanner does). In turn MailScanner should see
that SpamAssassin is timing out and disable it till the next
MailScanner restart.

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