Spamassassin timeouts - Just an observation

Scott Silva ssilva at
Fri Jan 16 17:46:54 GMT 2009

> I also removed ALL of the SARE rules until memory arrives. I'll then add
> them back as needed. The machine is running better, obviously, but I
> haven't hit the flood time yet. I find it hard to believe that all of
> this spam used to be sent over night, and now these guys are brazen
> enough to send it during work hours. Maybe the problem existed before
> and I just didn't notice.

E-mail is an international problem, so "night" is a very relative term. Since
the spammers have been shifting to botnets, they have to take the processing
time when it is available. Not all PC users leave their machines on 24 hours a
> Come to think of it, I added most of the SARE rules during the upgrade 2
> (13) versions ago when update_spamassassin came along. So maybe that's
> been my problem all along and the nightly flood wasn't realized. I need
> to watch mailscanner-mrtg more often.

Sare has stopped updating their rules, so some of them are probably getting
stale. You might want to try and get some idea of which rules actually hit for
you. I usually run a spamassassin rules hits report from Mailwatch about twice
a month to look for trends. It is also a good place to test blacklists to see
if you hit any FP's. 100% spam lists usually get moved to my MTA blacklists.
>> Kai
> Thanks Martin and Kai and all others,
> Your ideas are really helping. I've not had to deal with this type of
> drudgery before from MS as it's always been so nearly-out-of-the-box
> great. Once I started messing with it, I guess I over messed.
> steve

MailScanner is like deodorant...
You hope everybody uses it, and
you notice quickly if they don't!!!!

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