Want to learn about Mail Scanner

Joolee mailscanner at joolee.nl
Wed Mar 21 16:07:21 GMT 2012

If you want a good tutorial to start with, I can recommend
If your server doesn't handle much traffic, don't use the Greylist.

I've run the 8.04 version of the tutorial (still using MailWatch) and the
results are very good. With the knowledge I've gained by setting it all up
myself, it's also possible to do a lot of debugging and modifications
myself. You could also run a pre-build VM with Mailscanner but you won't
know what going on in there so it's more difficult to debug and tweak.

When beginning my own spamfilter project, I had minimum experience with
ESVA and had only messed around a bit with Linux before. You do need to be
curious by nature ofcourse, otherwise you still won't learn a thing by
copy-pasting the tutorial info =P

On 21 March 2012 16:00, Steve Campbell <campbell at cnpapers.com> wrote:

> On 3/21/2012 6:06 AM, payalg at cdac.in wrote:
>> Dear All,
>>            I am new to mail scanner and want to learn about how it works,
>> what are the basic things and files one should be aware of, what are rules
>> and filters in mail scanner, how to write your own rules?
>> Can you please suggest me a good source for it?
>> Thanks and Regards,
> I little information about what you are trying to install this on might be
> a great help in getting some answers for you.
> Which OS are you going to be using?
> What smtp software are you going to be using? There's a slight difference
> in the config file if you're using postfix instead of sendmail. Sendmail
> will pretty much use the defaults out of the box.
> Recent versions of Centos/RH install a pretty new version of spamassassin
> from their repositories, so that becomes less of an issue.
> Clamd can be installed and updated from the rpmforge/repoforge site if
> you're using yum as a manager for rpms. Perhaps it works with apt and
> others as well.
> Download the zipped install file and extract it some where. You don't have
> to use it if you install it if you've got a way to disable it's usage (like
> init scripts and so on). From there, you can review the config file, and
> like others have already mentioned, the config file has tons of comments to
> describe nearly all of the options. Or maybe someone could send you the
> file in an email just so you could review it without installation.
> The best way to monitor it's results is to use something like MailWatch.
> It will give you a visual display of what's going on. But that's another
> program and list. It's not necessary to use it with MailScanner, but it
> sure helps analyze what's going on in real time.
> MailScanner is pretty easy to set up, especially if you know what you want
> to do with it.
> Spamassassin is a little more complicated, but again, it works pretty much
> out of the box. Tuning it to make it work better is always a plus.
> The main point to express is that this list helps everyone with any of the
> above programs. It's amazing the help I've received with sendmail on this
> list without being told to join the sendmail list. Go ahead and try it out.
> It's not permanent in any way.
> steve campbell
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