Help needed with mailscanner

Anthony Peacock a.peacock at
Wed Oct 4 13:51:19 IST 2006

>>>> a.peacock at 8:18:15 pm 4/10/2006 >>>
> Hi Jon,
> Jon Miller wrote:
>> For number 2 you need to be more explicit in what you mean by
>> updates. The whole system you describe is made up of many components,
>> pulled together by Mailscanner.  Each of these can be updated, but
>> the method for each may be different.  Do you want to upgrade th
>> various components to newer versions?  Do you want to make sure the
>> virus checkers are updating their virus libraries?  Do you want to
>> update the spam detection rules of SpamAssassin?
>> Thanks for the reply: for now until a new system is put together and
>> tested I want to make sure that the spam detection rules of
>> SpamAssassin are up to date.  I can do the Sophos updates. Currently
>> not interested in upgrading the MailScanner program.
> This largely depends on what version you are running, run this from the 
> command line:
> spamassassin -V
> Newer versions of SpamAssassin have a process called sa-update which 
> downloads updated versions of the core SpamAssassin rules.
> There is also the add-on rules supplied by the SpamAssassin Rules 
> Emporium (SARE) people  These rules can 
> be updated using the RulesDuJour program.
> You might also get better help if you ask your question on the 
> spamassasin-users list which is just as friendly and helpful as this 
> list. 

Jon Miller wrote:
 > mail:/# spamassassin -V
 > SpamAssassin version 3.0.3
 >   running on Perl version 5.8.4

The latest version of SpamAssasin is 3.1.5.  I would suggest that you 
upgrade and activate sa-update.

How you upgrade really depends on how it was installed in the first place.

Julian produces a very useful combined installation package that 
installs the latest versions of MailScanner, ClamAV and SpamAssassin in 
one go.

But you can get very screwy results if you try to upgrade by a different 
method than the one you used in the first place.  Do you know how this 
was installed?  What OS are you on?

Anthony Peacock
CHIME, Royal Free & University College Medical School
"If you have an apple and I have  an apple and we  exchange apples
then you and I will still each have  one apple. But  if you have an
idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us
will have two ideas." -- George Bernard Shaw

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