Cannot disable RBL checks?????

Michael Masse mrm at
Tue Sep 8 21:14:23 IST 2009

I'm trying to move RBL checks to the MTA level, but I can't seem to get MailScanner/spamassassin to stop checking RBL's.

In MailScanner.conf I've removed the entries from "spam list = " 

In spam.assasssin.prefs.conf I've uncommented the "skip_rbl_checks 1" line

I've restarted MailScanner 

and I'm still getting tons of email being tagged by either MailScanner or spamassassin with a bunch of BL_SPAMCOP_NET and all sorts of URIBL hits.   The scores being assigned are different then anything in any MailScanner or Spamassassin config files that I can find.   

Here's a sample log line:

Sep  8 15:06:34 mailgate1 MailScanner[2938]: Message n88JvaY4001810 from (massimiliano.parri at to  is spam, SpamAssassin (cached, score=34.134, required 5, autolearn=spam, BAYES_99 3.50, BOTNET 5.00, DCC_CHECK 2.17, HELO_EQ_JP 1.24, HOST_MISMATCH_COM 0.31, HTML_IMAGE_ONLY_04 2.04, HTML_MESSAGE 0.00, HTML_SHORT_LINK_IMG_1 0.00, MIME_HTML_ONLY 1.46, RCVD_IN_BL_SPAMCOP_NET 1.96, RCVD_IN_SORBS_WEB 0.62, RCVD_IN_XBL 3.03, RDNS_DYNAMIC 0.10, SARE_HTML_A_BODY 0.74, SARE_HTML_IMG_ONLY 1.67, URIBL_AB_SURBL 1.86, URIBL_BLACK 1.96, URIBL_JP_SURBL 1.50, URIBL_OB_SURBL 1.50, URIBL_SBL 1.50, URIBL_SC_SURBL 0.47, URIBL_WS_SURBL 1.50) 

I've tried grepping the system for matches, but cannot find anything.    Where else do I need to tell MailScanner or Spamassassin to stop doing RBL checks?

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