Mailscanner RBL checks

Steve Campbell campbell at
Thu Aug 9 20:34:45 IST 2007

I believe you can do this, but my versions are a little old:

In MailScanner.conf, try setting the following:

Spam List =
Spam Domain List =

This turns off RBLs and the like in MS.

In either,, or spam.assassin.prefs.conf, set the 
skip_rbl_checks = 1

This turns off RBLs in SA.

Make sure they are not commented if they already exist.

I may be wrong on this, so anyone can correct me if I am.

Steve Campbell

Mikael Syska wrote:
> Scott Silva wrote:
>> Vlad Mazek spake the following on 8/9/2007 9:59 AM:
>>> I'm sorry I am just not following; my
>>> <> has only one line:
>>> dns_available yes
>>> Yet, it seems to be querying the external RBL's:
>>> SpamAssassin (not cached, score= 16.885, required 5, 
>>> autolearn=disabled,
>>> 2.19, RCVD_IN_PBL 0.51, RDNS_NONE 0.10, URIBL_BLACK 1.96, 
>>> 2.86, URIBL_OB_SURBL 2.13, URIBL_SC_SURBL 2.52
>>> My question is simply where/what is telling SpamAssassin to query all
>>> these RBLs because my doesn't list any RBLs to be called
>>> (line is commented out completely)
>> Spamassassin has several tests it does all by itself that are 
>> indepentent of
>> mailscanner. Spamassassin tests rbl's and gives a score that is added
>> together. When you use rbl's in mailscanner they are just flagged as 
>> spam if
>> they hit, independent of how reliable a rbl might be.
>> As you were told in the last mail, if you do not want rbl tests in
>> spamassassin, you have to add a line for each one in
>> As an example, if you didn't want to test for RCVD_IN_BL_SPAMCOP_NET
>> you add the following line;
>> Does this clear things up a little more?
> Little off-topic:
> Can't the lookups be completely disabled, so its possible to avoid the 
> the DNS query ?
> As I understand SA, it will still make the lookup even if the score is 
> 0 ... or am I wrong here ?
> // ouT

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