SpamAssassin timeouts - 0 of 20

Martin.Hepworth martinh at
Fri Sep 19 15:27:53 IST 2008


Yeah, it real.

Normally this is DNS/RBL related. Check you've got a local caching nameserver on the mailScanner host and also what RBLs you are calling. Most people find it works best with only 2 or 3 defined to be used by SA.

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

> -----Original Message-----
> From: mailscanner-bounces at
> [mailto:mailscanner-bounces at] On Behalf
> Of Steve Campbell
> Sent: 19 September 2008 15:14
> To: mailscanner at
> Subject: SpamAssassin timeouts - 0 of 20
> I upgraded everything yesterday on one of my servers and am
> now seeing a ton of the following messages in my logs.
> Sep 19 10:09:57 mailserver1 MailScanner[14529]: SpamAssassin
> timed out and was killed, failure 0 of 20
> Should I be worried since it's saying "0" of 20? Is this a
> real failure?
> Thanks
> Steve Campbell
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