Julian Field mailscanner at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Wed Nov 12 12:00:51 GMT 2003

At 11:24 12/11/2003, you wrote:
>Completely off-topic.....
>I was installing MS on a Slackware server last night... As I did so it
>struck me that the configuration options and the software itself had
>really changed a lot since I first started using it about 18 months ago.
>When I first installed it the config was only a 'few' lines long :P
>Thanks Julian!

A little comparison: version 2 was 1,290 lines of code, with 19
configuration options.
The current release is 26,625 lines of code, with 173 configuration options.

So the code has grown by a factor of 20, and the options by a factor of 9.
And it is a *whole* lot faster than version 2 as well.

As a bit of memorabilia, here is the entire mailscanner.conf file from
version 2:

# Configuration file for ECS E-Mail Virus Scanner
Debug = 0
Max Safe   Messages Per Scan = 500
Max Unsafe Messages Per Scan = 50
Max Safe   Bytes Per Scan = 100000000
Max Unsafe Bytes Per Scan = 50000000

Restart Every = 14400 # 4 hours (=4*60*60 seconds)

Host name          = the MailScanner
Incoming Work Dir  = /opt/mailscanner/var/incoming
Quarantine Dir     = /opt/mailscanner/var/quarantine
Pid File           = /opt/mailscanner/var/virus.pid
Filename Rules     = /opt/mailscanner/etc/filename.rules.conf

Stored Message Report  = /opt/mailscanner/etc/stored.message.txt
Deleted Message Report = /opt/mailscanner/etc/deleted.message.txt

Sendmail           = /usr/lib/sendmail
Incoming Queue Dir = /var/spool/mqueue.in
Outgoing Queue Dir = /var/spool/mqueue

Notify Local Postmaster = yes
Local Postmaster = postmaster
Action = keep

Julian Field
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