SpamAssassin score is always zero

Adri Koppes adrik at SALESMANAGER.NL
Wed Jul 20 13:38:41 IST 2005

> I just set up MailScanner 4.43.8 on Redhat 9 (Intel). SpamAssassin
> 2.6.4 was already installed.  For the most part things are working as 
> expected.  SpamAssassin, however, doesn't catch anything when run 
> through MailScanner.
> Here's a typical maillog entry:
> Jul 19 16:52:58 **** MailScanner[10122]: Message XYZ from **** (****) 
> to **** is spam, SBL+XBL,,, SpamAssassin 
> (score=0,required6, autolearn=)
> The SA score is zero on every entry in the log.
> However, if I feed the quarantined copy of that message directly to
> SpamAssassin:
>      spamassassin -D < 
> /var/spool/MailScanner/quarantine/20050719/spam/XYZ
> SA gives it a score of 17.653, and generally does what it's supposed
> Any thoughts on why SA isn't working when called by MailScanner?

Looking at the maillog entry it looks like MailScanner is also doing RBL
checking (SBL+XBL,, Since the message is
already flagged as spam from the RBL checking, doesn't Mailscanner then
skip the SpamAssassin checks?


------------------------ MailScanner list ------------------------
To unsubscribe, email jiscmail at with the words:
'leave mailscanner' in the body of the email.
Before posting, read the Wiki ( and
the archives (

Support MailScanner development - buy the book off the website!

More information about the MailScanner mailing list