Manually test RBL?

Julian Field mailscanner at
Sun Jan 25 15:30:12 GMT 2004

At 15:11 25/01/2004, you wrote:
>I've got two severs set with MailScanner and using the RBL
>One one server spamcop works great and seems to tag more spam than any
>other RBL, but on the other server (in a different network/location),
>spamcop is not getting one hit and the logs show that it times out every
>time. This is a client's site and this server has a Pix firewall and
>ICMP turned off both ways. I don't think this makes a difference though.
>Is there anyway from the command line to test connectivity with spamcop?
>Or does anybody have an idea why this might be happening?
>On the RBL line in SpamScanner,


>  spamcop is listed as '' on
>both servers.

What about the dot on the end? It should be there, like it is for the other
lists. Otherwise check the DNS setup on the rogue machine. The standard
test is this:

[root at tinker etc]# dig any

; <<>> DiG 9.2.1 <<>> any
;; global options:  printcmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 55945
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 2, AUTHORITY: 8, ADDITIONAL: 0

;      IN      ANY

;; ANSWER SECTION: 2048  IN      TXT     "Blocked - see" 2048  IN      A

;; AUTHORITY SECTION:         69080   IN      NS         69080   IN      NS         69080   IN      NS         69080   IN      NS         69080   IN      NS         69080   IN      NS         69080   IN      NS         69080   IN      NS

;; Query time: 167 msec
;; WHEN: Sun Jan 25 15:28:32 2004
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 289

>  Oh, and the problem server is working with spamhaus
>although it times out once in a while.

dig any

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