MailScanner and spamd/spamc

Julian Field mailscanner at
Fri Jun 27 21:03:37 IST 2003

Using spamc/spamd will work slower than the way MailScanner already does it.

SpamAssassin is essentially a function library, all written in Perl. The
"spamc/spamd" system is just a front-end for it. MailScanner doesn't use
any front-end, it calls the library directly which is by far the fastest
way to do it. Using spamc/spamd would merely add extra code in the way that
achieves nothing except slowing everything down.

At 20:53 27/06/2003, you wrote:
>We tried using SpamAssassin with MailScanner and we found that it made mail
>processing really slow.  So I would like to try the spamd/spamc
>approach.  Can anyone give me some tips on how to make this work.  The
>SpamAssassin documentation says,
>"Simply copy the two executables to where you want them.  Then, configure
>your system to run spamd in the backgroup, and where your mailer invokes
>'spamassassin' instead invoke 'spamc'. ".
>When I used SpamAssassin with MailScanner, I had to set "Use SpamAssassin"
>to "yes" in the MailScanner.conf file.  If I want to use spamc, what do I
>do?   What do they mean by, "where your mailer invokes 'spamassassin'
>instead invoke 'spamc'. "?
>Thanks much.

Julian Field
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