spamassassin returning 255 hits

Julian Field mailscanner at
Tue Jan 14 16:43:03 GMT 2003

At 16:14 14/01/2003, you wrote:
>Hello list
>I've been using mailscanner for awhile, and having it check for spam using
>spamassassin. Recently I started noticing that spamassassin was frequently
>timing out and being killed, even though I have a 40 timeout and this has
>been sufficient for most mail before. Restarting spamd did not help, so I
>upgraded Spamassassin.

MailScanner does not use spamd, so there isn't really much point running
that. And, before you ask, it doesn't invoke the "spamassassin" script either.

In a version as old as 3.12-5, I make no guarantees about anything, sorry.

>Now mailscanner always says spamassassin is returning 255 hits and reports
>everything as spam. I run spamassassin in daemon mode and have checked
>test messages using the "spamc" spamassassin client. My test messages
>using spamc are scanned correctly and return a normal, non-255 number. So
>why does mailscanner always think spamassassin is returning 255?
>Software info:
>Debian Linux, woody
>Mailscanner 3.12.5 (old, but I'm afraid to upgrade it in case I break
>Spamassassin 2.20 (debian package 2.20-1woody)
>Sendmail 8.12.1 (debian package 8.12.1-5; modified to work correctly with
>Kurt Yoder
>Sport & Health network administrator

Julian Field
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