Spamassissin compleatly ballsed - what to do?

Colin Alston karnaugh at KARNAUGH.ZA.NET
Tue Nov 9 19:12:21 GMT 2004

Colin Alston wrote:

> My spamassissin is compleatly stuffed.
> I dont really know when or how it happend, possibly someone did a
> package upgrade without informing me - these things happens.
> X-Slipgate-MailScanner: Found to be clean
> X-Slipgate-MailScanner-SpamCheck: not spam, SpamAssassin (timed out)
Seems people got compleatly hung up by a mistake in my message and to be
honest I'm not all that impressed with the attitude I recived. I'll try
to clear things up.

Nothing changed in the load of the machine - infact its gone down quite
significantly (probably since the checking is failing). Even dropped
MailWatch to see if that would help - to no avail.

I am not using RBL's.

As for the MAQ on optimizing SA the only thing that is not accounted for
already (most by Debian defaults) is DCC and I'm rather hesitant on that.

To give an idea on the machine I'll copy the template from the MAQ

*Hardware*: Celeron 1.8 Ghz , 512MB RAM, one 80GB IDE drive
*Software*: Debian SID (2.4.26 Kernel), Postfix, Spamassasin, MailWatch
*RBLs*: none
*Virus Scanners*: ClamAV.
*Volume*: 250 to 500 messages/day (through MailScanner, relayed messages
*Average Load: *0 to 1

Things more along the lines of what I was thinking was that Spamassassin
got upgraded because I heve been told that the new versions are "a mess".

Colin Alston <karnaugh at>

About the use of language:
  "It is impossible to sharpen a pencil with a blunt axe.  It is
  equally vain to try to do it with ten blunt axes instead."
   -- E.W.Dijkstra, 18th June 1975. (Perl did not exist at the time.)

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