Getting MailScanner to rbl

Julian Field mailscanner at
Sun Jun 29 18:54:47 IST 2003

At 18:36 29/06/2003, you wrote:
>Thanks for confirming it's a resource hog, Julian, and thank you Richard
>for the bayes tip.  I notice the use_bayes setting isn't in
>spam.assassin.prefs.conf by default, but I added it and it does seem to
>have sped up the scanning.
>If I find on Monday when the load gets much bigger (several hundred per
>day, so not massive), I'd like to use MailScanner's rbl checking.
>I've already tried this but it didn't seem to work, ie, I didn't see
>X?MailScanner?SpamCheck in the headers of any of the obviously spam
>messages (I don't modify the Subject line).
>Here's what I did with the MailScanner.conf settings:
>Spam Checks = yes
>Spam List = ORDB-RBL Infinite-Monkeys
>Use SpamAssassin = no
>I can't see how these Spam List entries are weighted.  Do I have to
>change the "Spam Lists To Reach High Score" entry to 2 or something?

No, it will mark as spam any message appearing in any of the RBLs and take
the appropriate Spam Action. Don't expect the RBLs on their own to detect a
large proportion of the spam you are seeing.

>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Richard Lynch" <rich at MAIL.WVNET.EDU>
>Sent: 29 June 2003 16:11
>Subject: Re: SpamAssassin 2.55 problem
> > > It does work just fine, but it is a resource hog.
> >
> > In my experience the biggest consumer of resources is the bayes filter
> > analysis.  You could try setting "use_bayes 0" in
> > /etc/MailScanner/spam.assassin.prefs.conf.  The bayes stuff is nice
> > works well but it does consume a lot of resources.

Julian Field
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