ending the spam.assassin.prefs.conf madness.

Julian Field MailScanner at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Tue Nov 22 11:13:47 GMT 2005


On 22 Nov 2005, at 10:17, Anthony Peacock wrote:

> Hi,
>> Julian Field wrote:
>>> Therein lies the problem. I could run the "spamassassin" or
>>> "sa-learn" script to try to find out, but I equally well won't know
>>> where they are, they may not be on the $PATH (e.g. Solaris).
>>> But if we say I can find the "spamassassin" script (I'll work on
>>> that), then which of these lines is the one that states the
>>> directory I should be using? And what should the file be called? Is
>>> it local.cf or something else? I need to get this right this time.
>> I would suggest using mailscanner.cf as a filename. This way you are
>> unlikely to muck-up a user's already existing local.cf file.
>> (SA will automatically parse *.cf in the site rules dir, so both will
>> get parsed. Since parsing is in alphabetic order, and last-parsed
>> wins, options in mailscanner.cf will over-ride options in local.cf)
> I would agree with this as a suggestion.  It would also mean that the
> MailScanner sitewide config options would be picked up by the command
> line SpamAssassin utilities.  That way when someone wanted to test a
> email against SpamAssassin they would be using the same
> configuration.  The same goes for using sa-learn.
> As well as doing this the comments at the top of the
> spam.assassin.prefs file should make it clear that a new sitewide .cf
> file has been created so that admins can check that it is not
> overiding anything that is already set up and working.

I entirely agree. One request though: I have been trying to dig  
through the SA data structures to work out how to get at the  
properties mentioned to calculate the directory path names so I know  
where to put the mailscanner.cf file. I can't figure it out.

Can someone (Matt perhaps?) please try and work it out for me? Can't  
get my head around it today.

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Julian Field
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