SpamAssassin timed out and was killed... box too slow?

Julian Field mailscanner at
Mon Jun 2 21:14:54 IST 2003

At 20:59 02/06/2003, you wrote:
>We have relatively low email traffic (approx. 450/day on work days) and I
>receive quite a few of these in my /var/log/maillog:
>May 17 04:03:08 filter MailScanner[3324]: SpamAssassin timed out and was
>killed, consecutive failure 1 of 20
>Does this mean my computer is too slow? It's a 200mhz pentium!!! :) I can
>imagine that it IS too slow, but I just want to make sure it's not a
>configuration problem. Do you think increasing the timeout would help or
>would that make it worse?

In MailScanner.conf, set the SpamAssassin timeout to 40 seconds. SA has
internal 30 second timeouts, hence the 40 seconds.
The other thing to try is
skip_rbl_checks 1
in spam.assassin.prefs.conf to see if it is RBL checks that are timing out.
Julian Field
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