Does spamassassin cache database lower the amount of spamassassin timeouts?

Ugo Bellavance ugob at
Thu Mar 9 14:04:52 GMT 2006

Taso Chatziantoniou wrote:
> MailScanner version 4.48.4
> SpamAssassin version 3.1.0
> SpamAssassin Timeout = 60
> Has anyone seen a significant decline in spamassassin time out after 
> upgrading to 4.5x?
> Since the new version of Mailscanner uses SpamAssassin cache database i 
> am guessing this would help.
> We are currently running six Mailscanner boxes that receive about 30,000 
> to 50,000 emails each everyday.
> We get about 270-280 Spamassassin time outs (as per logwatch) which, 
> considered the amount of mail we get is not bad at all.
> The problem with this is that 270 emails which could be sent to multiple 
> email addresses can be sent to potentially alot more people then that. 
> When we have users send us spam submissions a bulk of the headers that 
> we get indicate that spamassassin timed out.

What hardware?
What MTA?

You should probably try to tweak your MTA.  Use milter-ahead, or other 
sendmail anti-spam features (throttling, greet pause).  There might be 
other features for your MTA if it is not Sendmail.

You may also try greylisting, at least for your most spammed users.

Make sure you read about these before implementing them.


> This is my first post, please let me know if i am doing anything wrong
> Thanks

One little thing: avoid posting in HTML.



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