sa-update and restarting MailScanner?

Martin Hepworth martinh at
Mon Jul 17 08:36:41 IST 2006

Logan Shaw wrote:
> Hello, everyone.
> Is it necessary to restart MailScanner after I run sa-update
> (which updates SpamAssassin rules) in order for MailScanner
> to start using the updated rules?
> MailScanner is using the SpamAssassin Perl modules directly,
> so that makes me think so.
> On the other hand, I have
>     Restart Every = 7200
> in MailScanner.conf, so maybe that's sufficient.  I'm not really
> sure what "Restart Every" actually restarts, i.e. whether
> it's just the children that process messages from the queue
> or the parent (master) as well.  (Presumably, the master has a
> fairly small amount of fixed state and wouldn't need a restart
> periodically to keep its restart usage in check.)
> Note that I don't really mind if it takes 0 to 2 hours to pick
> up the new rules.
>    - Logan

depends how quickly you want the changes to take effect....

if you want immediate changes then you need to restart MS.

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


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