[Mailman-Users] list-owner getting spammed

Stephen J. Turnbull stephen at xemacs.org
Wed Sep 30 19:25:24 CEST 2015

Dennis Putnam writes:

 > Thanks for the reply. I am using fetchmail to retrieve each
 > mailbox. I am familiar with spamassassin but I don't think I can
 > integrate that with fetchmail. I'm not sure what I could use.

Hi, Dennis -- I use fetchmail (for personal mail), but fetchmail
normally delivers to a local MDA/LDA/MTA.  Specifically, it can
deliver using an SMTP protocol, or it can deliver over a pipe using
the --mda option.  So I invoke "fetchmail --mda maildrop" (maildrop is
an MDA developed by the Courier MTA/IMAP project, I think).  I don't
currently use maildrop's filtering capabilities, but I would suppose
that to access Spamassassin I would use the "xfilter" capability of
Maildrop.  I've also used procmail, but the fetchmail docs recommend
maildrop, so you might want to use that program.

You might also find that maildrop's built-in filtering is sufficient
to your purposes.  The advantage of SpamAssassin is that
"crowd-sources" information about past spam -- if you were lucky, you
update the SA rule set and automatically get protection from the most
recent spam.


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