Spam Ruleset

Julian Field MailScanner at
Tue Feb 2 13:48:30 GMT 2010

On 02/02/2010 11:59, Andrew Chester wrote:
> Hi There
> We are using MailScanner as part of a mail gateway for incoming mail, 
> and I would like to set up a ruleset on what to do when MailScanner 
> finds spam - I want it to deliver the mail to certain domains, and 
> bounce the rest, I've had a look at the examples in the rules 
> directory, and from that I've set up the following in 
> %rules-dir%/spam.actions.rules:
> To: *     deliver
> FromOrTo: default       bounce
That's a terrible idea, but other people have told you that already.
> Is that correct, do I need to include any other lines into the 
> ruleset, or can I leave it with only the two lines above?
> I then set the "Spam Actions =" field in MailScanner.conf to the 
> following:
> Spam Actions = %rules-dir%/spam.actions.rules
> Is that correct? 
Yes. Provided you have set %rules-dir% at the top of MailScanner.conf 
> I tried to set it to 
> /usr/local/etc/MailScanner/rules/spam.actions.rules but then I get the 
> error: "Your spam actions "/etc/MailScanner/rules/spam.actions.rules" 
> looks like a filename. If this is a ruleset filename, it must end in 
> .rule or .rules" in the maillog.
> It is a FreeBSD system.
> Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
> Kind Regards,
> Andrew
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