[Mailman-Developers] New SpamAssassin handler on sf.

J C Lawrence claw at kanga.nu
Mon Nov 17 19:17:12 EST 2003

On Mon, 17 Nov 2003 19:22:22 -0400 
Jeff Warnica <jeffw at chebucto.ns.ca> wrote:

> Uh, because ISPs cant be deleting mail, ever? 

Actually they can and do, constantly, now, today and for many

> Tag everything and leave it up to something else to deal
> with. 

This is quite possible with SpamAssassin installed at the MTA level.

> Even if you want resonably scored spam not to reach Mailman by
> silently deleting it, it would be more trouble to scan everything
> except that destin for Mailman then to just scan everything.

It is relatively trivial to configure the MTA to selectively scan mail,
be it only mail destined for Mailman, mail destined for local accounts,
or whatever.  Additionally there are side-benefits from scanning all
mail, or at least scanning at a layer higher in the protocol stack: it
requires less customisation, grants greater overview of cross-spool mail
behaviours (esp statistical), and is less invasive to the mail system in
general (not every tool then needs to be SpamAssassin or other-scanner


I finally threw SpamAssassin in as a scanner (not teergrube) under Exim
last night and am now wrapping up getting TMDA able to run properly on
an account behind a POP3/IMAP account (which loses all the envelope
information that TMDA depends on).

J C Lawrence                
---------(*)                Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas. 
claw at kanga.nu               He lived as a devil, eh?		  
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