SpamAssassin Config files

Jim Dickenson dickenson at CFMC.COM
Wed Oct 1 16:57:25 IST 2003

I am totally confused as to where the various config files for SA are
located when using MS.

In /etc/MailScanner/MailScanner.conf there are various options that seem to
set some SA options. Additionally there are these lines that point to config
files as well.

SpamAssassin Prefs File = %etc-dir%/spam.assassin.prefs.conf

SpamAssassin User State Dir = /var/spool/MailScanner/spamassassin

When I was running SA via procmail there were various files in
/etc/mail/spamassassin, for system-wide options, and then in
/var/lib/spamassassin there were directories in the form of <username>.prefs
that had user_prefs as well as other stuff that were specific to a given

I have searched the mail list archive but got more confused.

Can someone please explain, or point me to an explanation, about how SA gets
configured when run via MS?

Jim Dickenson
mailto:dickenson at

Computers for Marketing Corporation

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