MailScanner script - reminders

donald.dawson at donald.dawson at
Wed Oct 7 17:57:04 IST 2009

Thanks Mike - the content of my
/etc/mail/spamassassin/sare-sa-update-channels.txt file is:


From: mailscanner-bounces at
[mailto:mailscanner-bounces at] On Behalf Of Mike
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 10:51 AM
To: MailScanner discussion
Subject: Re: MailScanner script - reminders

I agree it would be nice to check the update logs. 

As for adding sare rules to update_spamassassin, according to  "SARE rules aren't being updated". A
better alternative is OpenProtect's SpamAssassin sa-update channel at 

I would also suggest using Sought rules, you can find more info at Another good idea is
joining the spamassassin mailing list. I have picked up a lot of good
tips there.


On Oct 7, 2009, at 10:47 AM, <donald.dawson at>
<donald.dawson at> wrote:

	I have a suggestion to /usr/sbin/update_spamassassin - consider
commenting out line 32 (rm -f $LOGFILE) to allow viewing of the
/tmp/update_spamassassin.MMDD file.  It's useful to review the file for

	For the script, please consider adding code to let
the user know of all rpmnew files.  We have a custom
/etc/sysconfig/MailScanner file where we list the spam channels we get
updates from:

	< SAUPDATEARGS="-D --gpgkeyfile
/etc/mail/spamassassin/sare-sa-update-gpgkeys.txt --channelfile

	There were a lot of changes in /etc/sysconfig/MailScanner -

	Could there be a custom file for the SAUPDATEARGS variable so we
didn't have to modify the delivered /etc/sysconfig/MailScanner file?


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