MailScanner, sendmail & SpamAssassian

Julian Field mailscanner at
Tue Jul 25 00:06:49 IST 2006

Golden, James wrote:
> I am having some trouble understanding something.  I have been having an 
> issue with AWL.  I have been trying to reset an individual email's score 
> and it doesn't seem to work.  In my research I discovered that 
> MailScanner with sendmail is supposed to run as root (according to the 
> book).  It also seems that Spamassassin is running as root as well.  On 
> top of that spamassassin seems to be invoked as spamd.

MailScanner does not use spamd. It calls it directly through its Perl 
libraries (more direct, more efficient, does not rely on spamd not 
falling over).

>  I emailed this 
> to the Spamassassin mailing list and someone suggested that I Post it 
> here.  Is this configuration correct.  Should spamd be running as root.
> If that is the way it is supposed to run, why might I not be able to run 
> this command as root and have it work:
> spamassassin  --remove-addr-from-whitelist=joe at 
> <mailto:joe at>
> Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I don't know the exact syntax for the spamassassin script, but the basic 
idea should be okay.

Julian Field
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