Users of RBL's

Julian Field MailScanner at
Thu Jun 29 17:47:47 IST 2006

On Thu29 Jun 06, at 15:45, Steve Campbell wrote:

> Chris, and all,
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Mark Presling" <mark at>
> To: "MailScanner discussion" <mailscanner at>
> Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2006 6:58 AM
> Subject: Re: Users of RBL's
>> Hi Chris,
>> Have you checked the size of your bayes database files? I used to  
>> have a
>> 1GB machine that SpamAssassin would regularly time out on because the
>> bayes DB would get too big from the auto learning. I had to tune  
>> it so
>> that the DB file would stay below 5MB or it just timed out scanning
>> larger messages. It also used up 100% of the CPU most of the time. I
>> used to manually expire old tokens from it as well, but that was  
>> before
>> MS started doing that automatically for me. Even on my newer  
>> server (2G
>> Pentium 4) I still restrict the size of the the bayes DB with
>> "bayes_expiry_max_db_size 400000". This seems to keep the DB at  
>> around 10MB.
> I assume this should go into spam.assassins.prefs file? And do I  
> just add this line and the next expiry will whittle the file down  
> or do I have to do something to the files first?
> Thanks for any input.

I would advise a MailScanner restart after changing  
spam.assassin.prefs.conf, or else it won't re-read the new settings.

Julian Field
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