Wiki Submission

DAve dave.list at
Wed Aug 9 15:36:30 IST 2006


I would like feed back on posting the following to the MailScanner Wiki. 
While this is not considered a bug by the SpamAssassin team, I do feel 
it is a it of a tripping hazard for users. I'd like to include the 
information for future reference.

sa-update usage

Note that sa-update has a configuration option to install updates in a 
directory of the administrators choosing.


     By default, sa-update will use the system-wide rules update directory:


     If the updates should be stored in another location, specify it here."

Note that simply using the --updatedir option is not enough without 
additional steps to ensure SpamAssassin is aware that rules need to be 
loaded from the specified location. This can cause a situation were 
updates are downloaded and never read by SpamAssassin. In fact 
installing the updates anywhere on your system other than the default 
location will have no effect, SpamAssassin will never read them. Using 
the --updatedir option will require the creation of a *cf file to tell 
SpamAssassin where to find the updated files.

Unless, if the administrator installs updates to the site config dir (in 
my case /usr/local/etc/mail/spamassassin) the updates will be read, but 
the will be read last, causing any changes 
made to the to be overridden.


This one caught me by surprise.

Three years now I've asked Google why they don't have a
logo change for Memorial Day. Why do they choose to do logos
for other non-international holidays, but nothing for

Maybe they forgot who made that choice possible.

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