auto whitelisting

Martin Hepworth martinh at
Tue Aug 22 09:08:09 IST 2006

Matt Kettler wrote:
> Green, Rodney wrote:
>> Hello,
>> Is it recommended to disable auto whitelisting in spam.assassin.prefs.conf?
> Largely a matter of personal preference.
> That said, my personal opinion is that SA's AWL is not ready for production use
> on a mailserver that serves more than 10 people. The SA devs would argue
> otherwise, and they do use it on their production boxes.
> I base my opinion on the lack of automatic database maintenance. There is no
> auto-expire for AWL entries. Even if you use the "check-whitelist --clean"
> script, this only removes entries based on the number of times a particular
> address has been seen. It will not remove an address that was used 100 times,
> then became inactive 2 years ago..
> So, until the AWL gets a real atime-based auto-expire system like the bayes
> system has, I will refrain from using it on a production box.
> Of course, I'd suggest you develop your own opinion, as the requirements of your
> system may be quite different from mine.

I'd agree with Matt. I always recommend you turn the thing off as it 
tends to let spam through when you don't want it to..

Martin Hepworth
Senior Systems Administrator
Solid State Logic
Tel: +44 (0)1865 842300


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