Manual/Auto Whitelist

Martin Hepworth martinh at
Mon Feb 20 17:08:59 GMT 2006


The user who runs this cron job will need write permissions on the bayes
database files and directory for SpamAssassin. So yes you can run this as

As for the autowhitelist, there is a similar facility built into SA, but I
found it not very reliable and triggered when it shouldn't have too many
times. Others find it OK so YMMV.

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

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> From: mailscanner-bounces at [mailto:mailscanner-
> bounces at] On Behalf Of Dave Barter
> Sent: 20 February 2006 16:42
> To: mailscanner at
> Subject: Manual/Auto Whitelist
> Hi,
> Firstly my apologies if this is an FAQ but I could not find a suitable
> answer.
> I have a MailScanner installation running spamassassin. I have set my non-
> spam scores quite low and all is looking good.
> I redirect all low scoring spam to a mailbox called "spam" and check this
> manually. All false positives are then copied manually by
> me to a mailbox called "ham" and every night I run a cron job as follows:-
> /usr/bin/sa-learn --ham --mbox /var/spool/mail/ham
> This does not seem to be working though and I think it is because I am not
> running this job as the root user.
> Is it possible for me to have a non-root script that will run AND also
> auto-whitelist any "from" address in the ham mailbox
> Thanks
> Dave
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