Checking SpamAssassin activity?

Matt Kettler mkettler at EVI-INC.COM
Fri Jan 24 18:49:19 GMT 2003

Well, you can verify if SpamAssassin itself is using razor and/or dcc by

spamassassin --lint -D  (assuming 2.4x or higher)

and look at the debug output. You should see it calling razor and DCC in there.

If you're using an ancient version of SA (2.3x or lower) do this instead:

spamassassin -D  <sample-spam.txt

As for the AWL, it should be off for ALL MailScanner deployments which
serve more than one user. There are some VERY serious breakages when a
single AWL database is used to process the mail of multiple users. This is
very noticeable if any users in your lan are set to all_spam_to in your
spamassassin config. In this case a spammer spams them first, and from then
on has a free whitelisting to spam the rest of your users in your whole lan
because the all_spam_to gave then a -100 score in the AWL database. Ouch.

The SA AWL is designed for deployments where SA gets run on a per-user
basis, such as being called from kmail or some other mail client, and does
not handle several situations that come about from site-wide use at all well.

At 11:44 AM 1/24/2003 +0000, Peter Bates wrote:
>Hello all...
>MS 4.11 (installed from RPM)
>Sophos, Mcaffee scanners.
>Razor2 (2.20) and DCC (dccproc-1.1.19).
>Two questions, mainly.
>I have all the above, and see SA scoring some emails
>(I have the threshold set to 8), doing RBL lookups and stuff (instead of
>MS doing it itself), but does anyone know how to verify whether Razor or
>DCC are actually being run or used at all???
>And is the default option in MailScanner.conf
>for 'SpamAssassin Auto Whitelist' set to 'no'
>because it doesn't work in an environment with
>a large volume of email?
>Thanks... apologies for bridging the gap betwixt MailScanner and
>SpamAssassin, but as MS is calling SA, it seems to be more of a question
>about the former than the latter.
>Peter Bates, Systems Support Officer, Network Support Team.
>London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
>Telephone:0207-958 8353 / Fax: 0207- 636 9838

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