SpamAssassin timed out and was killed

Martin Hepworth martinh at SOLID-STATE-LOGIC.COM
Tue Aug 31 13:41:06 IST 2004


normally timeouts are a result of the RBL's not getting their 
information quickly enought.

I turn most of them off by giving them a zero score in my 
spam.assassin.prefs.conf (see a post last week from me on this).

BUT if you are using and the sa-blacklist's you'll be 
increasing the processing requireed by a huge amount as they are massive 
files. You'd be better off using the alternatives via the 
spamcop-uri plug-in.

Martin Hepworth
Snr Systems Administrator
Solid State Logic
Tel: +44 (0)1865 842300

Ricardo Luis Cañavate wrote:
> First sorry for my English and thanks in advanced.
> Hi Friends,
> Lately, I try to optimize my MailSacanner setting up some rules for 
> spamassassin downloading from 
> and copying them into 
> /etc/mail/spamassassin/, first the system works well, fine, fantastic!! 
> stop all the spam, but .. after 24 hours of good work, more or less, 
> mailscanner doesn't process the messages of the inbound queue and the 
> logging shows some messages like these:
> servnozar MailScanner[15301]: SpamAssassin timed out and was killed, 
> consecutive failure 5 of 20
> servnozar MailScanner[15301]: RBL Check ORDB-RBL timed out and was 
> killed, consecutive failure 1 of 7
> I'm try to set up little value in "Max SpamAssassin Size" to try to load 
> the less possible and  more time out for spamassassin in 
> MailScanner.conf, but doesn't work.
> Thanks for all your support.
> *Ricardo Luis Cañavate García*
> Dpto. de Informática
> *NOZAR*/ Grupo Inmobiliario/
> Tel: 91 758 96 30 | Fax: 91 559 83 39
> ** <>


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