MailScanner/SA Rules

Martin Hepworth martinh at
Mon Nov 20 18:17:11 GMT 2006

Jim Coates wrote:
> Ok - I'm a little confused here.
> I was changing some scoring around for the RBL rules and searched through
> the list here to discover something:
> I have been using a to set up custom rules.  They seem to work just
> fine.  Then I went to edit the RBL scores and noticed that changing them in
> didn't seem to do anything (yes - I restarted).  I started checking
> through the list and came across some postings that state that you shouldn't
> have a if you are using MailScanner, but you should instead be
> using the spam.assassin.prefs.conf
> The messages said that it states this in the prefs file, but for some reason
> mine didn't - which is why I didn't change how I was doing it.
> So I have a few questions...
> 1) Should I add everything I currently have in my to my
> spam.assassin.prefs.conf and rename/remove the
> 2) Why were custom rules working, but not RBL score changes from the
> 3) My rules from Rules Du Jour still get dropped into
> /usr/local/etc/mail/spamassassin, where the currently exists...
> will they function properly from there and can therefore be left alone, or
> should they be moved elsewhere, too?
> I thought I had a pretty good grasp on where things should be and where to
> edit them, but now I'm confused.
> Thanks!
> Jim Coates

changing stuff in is fine..make sure there's nothing after the that's changing the scores back (like which is a 
sym-link to spam.assassin.prefs.conf).

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


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